MFA Comment Letters

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MFA Submits Letter to SEC on Proposed Capital, Margin, and Segregation Rules02.22.13


MFA submitted a comment letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on its proposed rules on “Capital, Margin, and […]

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Topics: Securities and Exchange Commission SEC, margin, capital, segregation, Security-Based Swap Dealer, Major Security-Based Swap Participant, capital requirements, broker-dealer, risk, security-based swaps, customer collateral, Dodd-Frank Act, CFTC, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Private Funds Managers, Investor Protection, regulation, international regulatory standards, efficiency, capital formation, liquidity, collateral, margin requirements, market participants, variation margin, netting, margining, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, FINRA, international harmonization of regulations, regulatory arbitrage, federal register, bilateral exchange of variation margin, best practices, counterparty risk, systemic risk, risk management, portfolio margining, securities, cross-product master netting agreements, initial margin, financial system, asset class, counterparties, prudential regulators, leverage, derivatives, tri-party custodial arrangements, customer protection, omnibus segregation, default, fellow customer risk, legal segregation with operation commingling, LSOC, swap dealers, Major Swap Participant, Individual Segregation, buy-side firms, non-commercial end-users, hedge funds, credit risk, capital inefficiency, transparency, Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, International Organization of Securities Commissions, IOSCO, Working Group on Margining Requirements, central clearing, compliance, registered clearing agencies, mandatory clearing, compliance date, two-way margining, reform, collateral management, asymmetrical initial margin exchange, pension, endowments, university endowment, financial crisis, "too big to fail, too interconnected to fail, American International Group, AIG, House Committee on Financial Services, Ben Bernanke, Federal Reserve Board, 111th Congress, financial contagion, financial institutions, asymmetry, portfolio reconciliation, portfolio compression, Swap Trading Relationship Documentation, swap dealer, collateral management stystems, trading costs, complexity, settlement risk, credit default swap, CDS, OTC derivatives, forwards, repurchase agreements, Value at Risk, VaR, financial instrument, cross-margining, Options Clearing Corporation, Chicago Mercantile Exchange Holdings Inc., New York Portfolio Clearing LLC, LCH.Clearnet Ltd., customer replicability, proprietary information, reconciliation, market risk, haircuts, Cash Flow, pro-cyclical effects, creditworthiness, multiplier, customized risk management tools, sell-side firms, liquidation time horizon, product type, market practice, ISDA, U.S. dollar, settlement, money market instruments, eligible collateral, capital charge, Lehman Brothers, bankruptcy, bankruptcy estate, third-party custody arrangement, enhanced protections, Notice of Exclusive Control, Investment Company Institute, ICI, White Paper, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, SIFMA, liquidation, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, tentative net capital, dealers, Eric Chern, Chicago Trading Company, \, operational risk, Security-Based Swap Transactions, Darrell Duffie, Federal Reserve Bank of New York Staff Report No. 424, ICE Clear Europe Limited, segregation model, DCO, derivatives clearing organization, portability, insolvency, out-of-the-money, operational and legal commingling, default segregation model, MF Global Inc., Peregrine Financial Group, Fraud, investment risk, Russell Wasendorf, accounting, operational costs, Broker, Dealer, ISDA Margin Survey 2012, European Commission, European Parliament, Council of the European Union, central counterparty, CCP, trade repositories, commodity broker, Bart Chilton, Division of Clearing and Intermediary Oversight, Robert Wasserman, independent third party custodian, state bank regulator, state and federal laws,

MFA Files Amicus in Lehman Litigation to Support Judicial Asset Sale Process09.28.12


MFA filed an amicus brief in the Barclays Capital and LBI SIPA Trustee litigation before the Second Circuit Court of […]

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Topics: amicus brief U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Lehman Brothers Holding Inc., Barclays Capital, James W. Giddens, Securities Investor Protection Corporation Trustee, amicus curiae, capital markets, no-cash deal, bankruptcy, Bankruptcy Code, Acton v. Fullmer (In re Fullmer), Adelphia Recovery Trust v. HSBC Bank USA (in re Adelphia Recovery Trust), Bass v. Parsons (In re Parsons), Big Shanty Land Corp. v. Comer Props. Inc., Folger Adam Security Inc. v. Dematteis/MacGregor, In re Cavalieri, In re Cedar Tide Corp, In re F.A. Potts & Co., In re Fehl, In re Gulf Coast Oil Corp., In re Integrated Res. Inc., In re Sapolin Paints Inc., In re Savage Indus. Inc., In re Silver Bros. Co., In re Smith, In re Weisser Eyecare Inc., M.R.R. Traders Inc. v. Cave Atlantique, Matter of Pease, Med. Malpractice Ins. Ass'n v. Hirsch (In re Lavigne), Meinwald v. Meinwald, Morgan Olson LLC v. Federico et al. (In re Grumman Olson Indus. Inc.), United States v. Sforza, Walker v. Lee (in re Rounds), Winston Inn & Rest. Corp. v. DeMichiel (In re Winston Inn & Rest. Corp.), Rob Copeland, Kelly DePonte, Financier Worldwide, Adam Levitin, Richard Mikels, Ella Shenhav, SIFMA, Illinois, Managed Funds Association, MFA, public policy, alternative investment industry, best practices, pensions, endowments, institutional investors, risk management, Australia, Europe, Asia, assets under management, AUM, bankruptcy court, transparency, contract, stakeholders, Clarification Letter, Lehman Margin Cash, purchaser, LBHI, Lori Fife, Harvey Miller, borrowers, lenders, secondary offerings, liquidity, interest rates, debtor, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, free and clear, banks, New York Adelphia, litigant,

MFA Submits Comment Letter in Response to Basel-IOSCO’s Consultative Document on Margin Requirements for Non-Cleared Derivatives09.28.12


MFA submitted a comment letter to the Working Group on Margining Requirements (WGMR) of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision […]

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Topics: Basel Committee on Banking Supervision International Organization of Securities Commissions, IOSCO, margin, margin requirements, non-centrally cleared derivatives transactions, Working Group on Margining Requirements, derivatives, derivatives markets, margining, clearing, market participants, central clearing, risk management, initial margin, variation margin, best practices, liquidity, mandatory clearing, bilateral exchange, buy-side firms, segregated account, custodian accounts, hedge, hedge funds, netting, eligible collateral, portfolio margining, over-collateralization, mutually offsetting transactions, margin threshold, harmonization, uniformity, non-compliance, regulatory arbitrage, market advantage, phase-in period, implementation timeline, non-cleared derivatives, regulatory authorities, foreign exchange, swaps, forwards, risk profile, market infrastructures, liquidity characteristics, currency, Denominated in G7 Currencies, G7, cleared derivatives, systemic risk, systemic importance, systemically important, systemically important non-financial firm, liquidity costs, unlevel playing field, transparency, SIFI, systemic risk level, credit, unsecured credit extension, minimum transfer amount, MTA, prudentially regulated financial counterparties, two-way margining, standard practice, credit risk, clearing house, bilateral exchange of variation margin, market liquidity, credit default swap, CDS, novation, remaining party, party stepping out, party stepping in, novating parties, market value, Regulators, novation arrangements, liquidity mechanism, asset classes, liquidation, Dodd-Frank Act, European Union, EU, United States, ISDA, International Swaps and Derivatives Association, replacement transaction, market practices, cross-product master netting agreements, risk offsets, financial instruments, U.S. Treasury futures, Eurodollar futures, non-cleared interest rate swaps, repurchase agreements, correlated financial instruments, quantitative impact study, Portfolios, central counterparty, CCP, hedged portfolios, prudential regulators, risk characteristics, risk/reward profile, diversification, concentration limits, haircuts, segregation, third-party segregation, re-hypothecation, cost mitigation, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, CFTC, swap dealers, major swap participants, equities, delta, interest rates, CDS spreads, notional value, commodities,

MFA Submits Comments to European Supervisory Authorities in Response to Joint Discussion Paper on Risk Mitigation Techniques04.02.12


MFA submitted a comment letter to the European Supervisory Authorities in response to their Discussion Paper on Draft Regulatory Technical […]

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Topics: Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities European Securities and Markets Authority, ESMA, European Supervisory Authorities, ESA, European Union, EU, over-the-counter derivatives, OTC derivatives, central clearing, risk-based margin requirements, risk mitigation techniques, European Banking Authority, European Insurance and Occupational Pension Authority, European Commission, liquidity, segregation regime, initial margin, posting party, receiving party, bankruptcy-remote, prudentially regulated financial counterparties, PRFC, segregation, netting, margin, investment firms, credit institutions, insurance undertakings, assurance undertakings, reinsurance undertakings, institutions for occupational retirement provision, non-cleared derivative contracts, hedging, prudential regulators, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, CFTC, counterparty credit risk, bilateral initial margin arrangements, variation margin, capital, derivatives markets, net margin, best practices, collateralization, non-cleared OTC derivatives, over-collateralization, highly correlated assets, credit default swap, CDS, interest rate swap, Eurodollar futures, physically-settling forwards, repurchase agreements, security lending agreements, intraday change, segregation of counterparty assets, NPRFC, non-prudentially regulated financial counterparties, NFCs+, non financial counterparties above the clearing threshold, non-cleared derivatives, buy-side firms, asymmetry, current market practice, perceived systemic relevance, systemic importance, uncollateralized, exposures, credit exposure, Basel rules, uniformity of application, due diligence, Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, Basel II, Basel III, creditworthiness, regulatory arbitrage, major swap participants, deep and liquid markets, substantial position in swaps, substantial counterparty exposure, international harmonization of regulations, bilateral exchange, market transparency, covered swap entities, de minimi exception, mark-to-market, standardized method, internal models, competitive advantages, discriminatory distortions, internal model method, legally required transparency, incremental compliance costs, segregated account, independent third party custodian, insolvency estate, tri-party custodial arrangements, bilateral arrangements, non-financial assets, eligible collateral, revaluation, haircuts, EMIR, margin calculations, daily valuation of collateral, dispute resolution procedures, party-specific variables,

Comment Letter to the CFTC on Confirmation, Portfolio Reconciliation, and Portfolio Compression Requirements for Swap Dealers and Major Swap Participants02.28.11


MFA submitted a comment letter to the CFTC on its proposal on Confirmation, Portfolio Reconciliation, and Portfolio Compression Requirements for […]

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Topics: Commodity Futures Trading Commission CFTC, confirmation, portfolio reconciliation, portfolio compression requirements, swap dealers, major swap participants, SDs, MSPs, operational abilities, market participants, post-trade exercises, mandated timeframes, Counterparty, trade execution, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, valuation data, bilateral portfolio compression exercise, multilateral portfolio compression exercises, swap markets, pre-trade draft acknowledgement requirement, customized swaps, heavily negotiated swaps, time-sensitive swaps, hedging risk, limiting parties, volatility, bid spreads, offer spreads, over-the-counter derivatives, legal risks, rights, trade acknowledgment, consistent timing, confirmation periods, financial entities, pension plans, private funds, insurance companies, banks, swap portfolio trade confirmation, electronic processing, calendar day, financial entity, trade capture system, electronic matching platforms, electronic matching process, complex swap, life cycle events, timing requirements, novation, modification, partial termination, dividend payment, merger, market disruption, compliance period, clearance, exchange execution, clearing satisfying requirements, Designated Contract Market, DCM, Swap Execution Facility, SEF, derivatives clearing organization, DCO, confirmation requirement, collateral management, counterparty risk, market risk, position level discrepancies, margin disputes, position level portfolio reconciliation, best practices, bilateral portfolio reconciliation exercise, multilateral portfolio reconciliation exercise, Valuation Disputes, valuation discrepancy, nominal value, dollar threshold, broader markets, collateral steering committee of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association Inc., ISDA, market-driven solution, portfolio compression rule, operational risk, risk mitigation benefits, multilateral compression, swaps portfolio, liquidity,

MFA Comments in Response to the IOSCO Consultation Report on Hedge Funds Oversight04.30.09


MFA submitted a written response to the IOSCO Consultation Report on Hedge Funds Oversight. MFA’s comments focused on four key […]

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Topics: Technical Committee of the Internationl Organization of Securities Comissions IOSCO, Hedge Funds Oversight: Consulation Report, global crisis, investor confidence, capital markets, Market Confidence, stability, hedge funds, systemic risk, market integrity, Investor Protection, regulation, private pools, capital, Task Force on Unregulated Financial Entities, standardized disclosures, minimum capital requirements, liquidity, price efficiency, global integration, counter-cyclical force, buyers, distressed assets, sellers, selling short, equities, pension plans, endowments, European Commission, EC, alternative investment fund managers, prime brokers, residential mortgage lending, Lehman Brothers, mutual fund, banking, Financial Research Corp. counterparties, Long Term Capital Management, Lord Adair Turner, U.K. Financial Services Authority, FSA, diligence process, Anti-Fraud Provisions, securities laws, transparency, customer collateral, performance compensation, advisory relationships, high-water mark, management fee, insider trading, MFA's Sound Practices for Hedge Fund Managers, over-the-counter derivatives, credit default swaps, CDS, absolute return, Operations Management Group, OMG, Commission Bancaire of France, bilateral solutions, business-process objectives, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, equity derivative confirmations, centralized clearing, clearinghouse platforms, President's Working Group's Asset Managers' Committee, Alternative Investment Management Association, Hedge Fund Standards Board, Financial Stability Forum, best practices, public disclosure, proprietary information, moral hazards, orderly dissolution, Rulemaking, G-20, OTC derivatives, Federal Reserve Bank of New York,

MFA Letter to SEC Chairman Cox Regarding Hedge Fund Transparency and Other Issues04.24.08


MFA President and CEO, Richard H. Baker, met with SEC Chairman Christopher Cox this morning and discussed the topics addressed […]

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Topics: Securities and Exchange Commission SEC, Christopher Cox, alternative investment industry, Policy Makers, Regulators, investors, hedge funds, hedge fund offerings, transparency, hedge fund investors, capital markets, systemic risk, General Solicitation, Ban on General Solicitation and Advertising, General Advertising, safe harbor, Regulation D, hedge fund managers, sophisticated investors, accredited investors, qualified purchasers, private offerings, securities, Protecting Investors: A Half Century of Investment Company Regulation, Division of Investment Management, United States Congress, Implications of the Growth of Hedge Funds Staff Report to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, Rulemaking, advertising materials, Clover Capital no-action letter, staff guidance, no-action letters, accredited natural person, large accredited investor, Federal Securities Laws, inflation, mutual recognition, Nancy Morris, regulatory barriers, Cross-Border Investments, market participants, transaction costs, global capital markets, financial services industry, Australia, European Union, EU, Canada, broker-dealer, best practices, Sound Practices for Hedge Fund Managers, NYRO OCIE, chief compliance officer, trade associations, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, CFTC, Memorandum of Understanding, public commodity pools, National Futures Association, NFA, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, FINRA, public commodity pool offerings, futures, futures market, pooled investment vehicle, public offering disclosure requirements, Direct Participation Programs, DPP, annual cap, lifetime cap, offering proceeds, trail commissions, managed futures, brokers,
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