MFA Comment Letters

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Letter to the European Commission in Response to its Consultation Paper, Review of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID)02.02.11


MFA submitted comments to the European Commission in response to its Consultation Paper, Review of the Markets in Financial Instruments […]

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Topics: European Commission Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, MiFID, regulatory framework, market stability, risk capital, proprietary strategies, surveillance tools, European Union, EU, financial regulatory system, hedge funds, OTC, commodity derivatives market, Investor Protection, title transfer collateral arrangements, non-retail clients, third country firms, "strict equivalence" regime, electronic trading platforms, liquid derivatives, exchange trading, exchange-traded products, European OTC derivatives markets, US markets, Asian Markets, ESMA, sufficiently liquid, European Commission on Standardisation and Organised Platform Trading of OTC Derivatives, Organised Trading Venues, cost-effective manner, reduced transaction costs, algorithmic trading, broker dealers, market impact, accurate price discovery, high frequency trading, HFT, market makers, low latency technology, strategy holding periods, horizon strategies, fleeting arbitrage opportunities, risk management, electronic market-making, technology-driven market makers, inventory risk, risk exposure, inter-market arbitrage, ultra low-latency technology, capital formation, automated execution technology, global connectivity infrastructure, financial institutions, market connectivity intermediaries, direct market access, flash crash, HFT trades, non-HFT trade, asset managers, insurance companies, banks, brokers, automated trading, arbitraging, minimum quantitative threshold, portfolio manager, alternative investment fund managers, AIFM directive, UCITS Directive, level playing field, non-EU asset managers, risk controls, pre-trade checks, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, circuit breakers, market-wide single stock circuit breakers, limit up system, limit down system, speed bumps, trading delays, specified maximum execution speeds, co-location facilities, latency, liquidity, investor confidence, technological innovation, short-term price swings, low latency technology chain, minimum tick sizes, liquid market, deep market, liquidity provision requirements, article 4(8) of MiFID, broker-dealer capital, margin requirements, concentrated risk solution, regulatory "tax, market efficiency, minimum duration of orders, limit orders, stale orders, affirmative and negative obligations, pre-trade transparency, post-trade transparency, investment strategies, safeguards, equity markets, waivers, dark pools, equity investors, pre-trade transparency waivers, order stubs, alternative trading systems, ATSs, indications of interest, IOIs, actionable IOIs, block sized trades, daily trading volume threshold, order-slicing methodologies, price discovery, post-trade reporting proposals, depositary receipts, exchange traded funds, certificates, UCITS, non-EU markets, non-EU investment firms, MiFID framework directive, non-equity instruments, comprehensive price date, comprehensive notional data, regulatory transparency thresholds, data consolidation, approved publication arrangements, APAs, European Consolidated Tape, Consolidated Tape, Congress, National Market System, composite quotation system, consolidated transaction reporting system, quotations, Consolidated Tape Association, opaque market centers, sharp shoot, order flow, US Securities Industry Automation Corporation, national best bid and offer, depth of market quotations, reporting protocols, third party information vendors, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, NetCoalition, Yahoo Inc, Google, Bloomberg L.P., depth-of-market fees, NetCoalition v. Securities and Exchange Commission, core date, consolidated core data, CQ plan, position-level data, harmonised position information, reasonable threshold, nexus, trader ID, transaction report, confidentiality obligation, client identifier, statutory obligation, OTC contract, trade repository, summary disclosure, ex-post disclosure, ex-ante disclosure, conflicts of interest, title transfer collateral arrangement, retail client, member states, cash balance, risk warnings, securities financing transaction, information requirements, due diligence obligations, third country regime, equivalence mechanism, strict equivalence, market disorder, systemic risk, unilateral bans, market turmoil, cost/benefit analysis, regulatory authorities, consultation papers, systemic risk grounds, CCP, capital flows, lending flows, credit flows, International Swaps and Derivatives Association, ISDA, G20, Financial Stability Board, European Market Infrastructure Regulation, EMIR, sovereign CDS, European Commission's report of Sovereign CDS, credit default swaps, CDS market, hedgers, hard position limits, physical commodity markets, market manipulation, position management, mechanical imposition, commodity derivatives, CESR, UK Treasury and Financial Services Authority, price movement, derivatives position, Disclosure, reporting obligations, transparency directive, security-based derivatives, European Commission Request for Additional Information in relation to the Review of MiFID, volatility, non-hedging, aggregate open interest/notional amount, reporting regimes, contract, market data,

MFA Joins Amicus Curiae Brief in the case of Hunter v. FERC Regarding Jurisdiction to Regulate Futures Trading07.08.10


MFA, together with FIA, CME and NFA, filed an amicus curiae brief in the Hunter v. FERC case. In our […]

MFA Letter to FTC on Prohibition of Energy Market Manipulation Rule05.20.09


MFA jointly with FIA, CME Group, ICE and NFA submitted a letter to the Federal Trade Commission regarding its “Prohibition […]

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Topics: Federal Trade Commission FTC, Market Manipulation Rulemaking, futures group, Part 317, anti-manipulation protections, non-futures, wholesale markets, crude oil, gasoline, commodities, Manipulation, fraud proscriptions, Commodity Futures Trade Commission, CFTC, petroleum distillates, exclusive jurisidiction provision, safe harbor, federal register, exclusive jurisdiction provision, price discovery, forward market business activities, regulatory, CEA, anti-manipulation system, false reports, commodity prices, resource limitations, congressional grant, energy markets, John M. Damgard, Futures Industry Association, FIA, Jerrold E. Salzman, CME Group Inc., Thomas W. Sexton, National Futures Association, NFA, Jeffrey Sprecher, IntercontinentalExchange, ICE, Donald S. Clark, Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, wholesale purchase, options trading, energy futures, futures exchange, Chciago Mercantile Exchange Inc., Board of Trade of the City of Chicago, Inc., CBOT, new York Mercantile Exchange Inc., NYMEX, Commodity Exchange, COMEX, ICE Futures U.S., New York Board of Trade, ICE Futures of Europe, ICE Futures Canada, Winnipeg Commodity Exchange, over-the-counter energy trading platform, commercial market, limited-purpose national securities association, customer protection, merchants, brokers, commodity pool operators, commodity trading advisors, registered account executives, sugar, corn, ethanol, price effects requirements, compliance burden, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Board of Trade of City of Chicago v. SEC, 677 F.2d 1137 (7th Cir. 1982), Chicago Mercantile Exch. v. SEC, 883 F.2d 537 (7th Cir. 1989), Board of Trade of City of Chicago v. SEC 677 F.2d 1137, 1145 (7th Cir. 1982), FTC v. Roberts, 276 F.3d 583 (D.C. Cir. 2001), 276 F.3d at 592, chain of precedent, 276 F.3d at 591, SEC vs. Hopper, corporate disclosures, US vs. Reliant Energy Services, 420 F Supp.2d 1043 (N.D. Cal. 2006), exclusive regulatory authority, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, FERC, instruments, accounts, Ken Roberts Co. v. FTC, No. 01-1772, 537 U.S. 820, 2002 WL 32135703, speculative limits, Energy Department, DOE, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, emissions credit, Agriculture Department, USDA, Williamson v. United States, 512 U.S. 594, Trichilo v. Sec'y of Health & Human Servs., 823 F.2d 702, 706 (2d Cir. 1987), SEC v. American Commodity Exch., 546 F.2d 1361, International Trading Ltd. v. Bell, 556 S.W.2d 420 (Ark. 1977), Clayton Brokerage Co. v. Mouer, 531 S.W.2d 805 (Tex. 1975), Minnesota v. Coin Wholesalers, 250 N.W.2d 583 (Minn. 1976), Amaranth, statutory authority, non-petroleum based commodities, agricultural feed-stocks, price artificiality, contract markets, intermediaries, agents, counterparties, contractual privity, contradictory requirements, United States Congress, 2006 WL 778640 (S.D. Tex. March 24 2006),

MFA Letter to UK Financial Services Authority to Proposed Short Selling Disclosure Measures05.08.09


MFA submitted a letter to the U.K. Financial Services Authority in response to its proposed short selling disclosure measures, recommending […]

MFA Comments to SEC on FINRA Regulation of Compensation, Fees and Expenses in Public Offerings of Real Estate Investment Trusts and Direct Participation Programs06.04.08


MFA submitted a comment letter to the SEC on FINRA’s rule 2810 with respect to trail commissions along with the […]

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,

MFA Comments to SEC Regarding Proposals to Revise Limited Offering Exemptions in Regulation D10.19.07


MFA submits a comment letter to the SEC regarding their proposals to revise the limited offering exemptions in Regulation D.

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Topics: Limited Coffering Exemptions global alternative investment industry, hedge funds, managed futures funds, policymaker, flexibility, issuers, Accerdited Investor, accredited natural person, offers, securities, limited announcement, offering, pooled investment vehicles, transactions, Public Offerings, General Solicitation, General Advertising, investor, accredited investor, higher dollar-amount thresholds, qualification, capital, Private Pooled Investment Vehicle Release, financial sophistication standards, federal regulations, natural persons, privated pools of captial, inflation, financial eligibility standard, joint income thresholds, Office of Economic Analysis, capital formation, compliance, implications of the growth of hedge funds, Offerings, private placement offerings, qualifies purchasers, Qualified Purchaser Definition, Qualified Client Definition, marital assets, Joint Investments, qualified client, qualified purchaser, Subscription Agreement, pooled investment fund, subscription agent, sophisticated investors, United States, Future Inflation Adjustment, dollar-amount threshols, private placement, knowledgeable employees, Trust Grantors, Trustees, beneficiaries, Sophisticated Investor Standards, risk, transaction costs, economic efficiency, Investor Protection, Investor relations professionals, research analysts, attorneys, traders, brokers, traders of a fund affiliate, senior financial, operational, accounting officers, risk/return, deferred compensation, net worth, investments tests, Issuer, fund principals, pooled investment funds, retention tool, start up company, sotck, equity owners, primary beneficiary, Grandfathered, inflation adjustments, dollar-amount thresholds, grandfather provision, due diligence, committed capital, Interation Safe Harbor, transparency, Manner of Offering, sale limitations, Disqualification Provisions, predecessor, affiliated issuer, director, executive officer, general partner, managing member, 20% beneficial owner, promoter, cease and desist, Fraud, Form D, blue sky filing, bad actor disqualification provisions, recdivism, Division of Enforcement, U.S. Congress, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, threshold,

MFA Submits Comments to SEC on Proposals for Accredited Natural Person and Antifraud Rules03.09.07


MFA submits comment letter and attachment to the SEC on Proposals for Accredited Natural Person and Antifraud Rules.

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Topics: Securities and Exchange Commission SEC, private investment vehicles, Accredited Natural Person Proposal, Prohibition of Fraud by Advisers to Certain Pooled Investment Vehicles, Investor Protection, alternative investment industry, capital markets, hedge funds, managed futures funds, President's Working Group on Financial Markets, PWG, private pools, liquidity, price efficiency, risk distribution, Regulatory Structure, direct investment, Christopher Cox, Robert Steel, venture capital, private equity, industry innovation, Department of the Treasury, cash room, Randal Quarles, Senate Committee on Banking Housing and Urban Affairs, risk-adjusted performance, accredited investor standard, financial eligibility standards, accredited investor, pooled investment vehicles, net worth threshold, financial eligibility standard, Pui-Wing Tam, Jonathan Shieber, Stephen Heuser, qualified client, qualified purchaser, qualified institutional buyer, qualified eligible person, eligible contract participant, joint property, net worth, Office of Economic Analysis, 3(c)(1) funds, illiquid investments, real estate, Lock-up, U.S. economy, Stuatory Authority, 100 beneficial owners, beneficial owners, 3(c)(7) funds, deferred compensation, fund employees, American Bar Association, research analysts, legal counsel, traders, broker dealers, attorneys, brokers, compliance, operational, accounting officers, grandfathering provision, competition, start-up funds, antifraud proposal, Goldstein decision, scienter, transparency, dialogue, Request for Proposal, private placement memorandum, Limited Partnership Agreement, Subscription Agreement, due diligence, management, incentive compensation, conflicts of interest, side letters, withdrawal, transfer procedures, tax issues, ERISA Issues, Thomas Lemke,
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