MFA Comment Letters

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MFA Submits White Paper to European Commission on Shadow Banking06.01.12


On June 1, MFA submitted a white paper on hedge funds and shadow banking in response to the European Commission’s […]

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Topics: European Commission European Union, EU, Green Paper "Shadow Banking", shadow banking, shadow banking system, systemic risk, Background Note, Background Note "Shadow Banking: Scoping the Issues", Financial Stability Board, FSB, hedge fund industry, credit hedge funds, leverage, investor, counterparties, regulatory framework, regulatory arbitrage, financial industries, mutual funds, banks, financial market, investment strategies, asset classes, liquidity transformation, maturity transformation, risk analysis, liquidity protections, liquidity, equity investors, financial institutions, demand deposit accounts, collateral, margin, deposit-like characteristics, redemption terms, secured borrowings, direct lending, direct loan market, AIFMD, Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive, Dodd-Frank Act, Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, originator, derivative transactions, total return swaps, secured financing, credit intermediation, non-bank financial insitutions, bank-like activities, maturity tra, G20, nonbank credit intermediation, hedge fund counterparties, broker-dealer, risk management, hidden leverage, bank-like regulation, assets under management, AUM, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, state securities regulators, regulatory assets under management, RAUM, U.S. Securities Laws, chief compliance officer, hedge fund managers, Form ADV, investment advisers, Form PF, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, CFTC, Financial Stability Oversight Council, FSOC, commodity futures contracts, swaps, commodity pool, commodity trading advisor, CTA, over-the-counter derivatives, OTC derivatives, central clearing, derivatives, segregation, transparency, major swap participants, swap dealers, derivatives market, Office of Financial Research, OFR, systemically important financial institution, SIFI, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Fed, prudential regulation, Doug Elliott, Brookings Institution, absolute risk, Volcker Rule, Long Term Capital Management, "too big to fail, government insurance, market based regulations, House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, private equity, venture capital funds, property-casualty insurance, mutual funds management, money market funds, public company equity securities, institutional investment manager, insider trading, Department of the Treasury, Bureau of Economic Analysis, EU Member State, MiFID, Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, European Market Infrastructure Regulation, EMIR, Investment Company Institute, ICI, United Kingdom, counter-cyclical, creditor, taxpayer, sophisticated investors, instant liquidity funds, discount windows, gates, lock-up periods, side pockets, Financial Services Authority, FSA, uncollateralized loans, initial margin, variation margin, asset-backed commercial paper conduits, ABCP conduits, structured investment vehicles, SIV, Columbia University, leverage ratio, Lord Adair Turner, Hedge Fund Research, asset-backed securities, corporate bonds, government bonds, small and medium-sized enterprises, SME, leveraged loan markets, quantitative strategies, credit arbitrage strategies, fundamental credit analysis, distressed restructuring strategies, fixed income instruments, bankruptcy, private issue/Regulation D strategies, Regulation D, private investment in public equity, PIPE, relative value, pricing discrepancy, fixed income - asset backed, loans, credit cards, receivables, real estate, tangible financial commitments, fixed income - convertible arbitrage, convertible arbitrage, fixed income - corporate, corporate fixed income instrument, relative value - multi-strategies, Master Limited Partnership,

Comment Letter to the CFTC on its Proposed Rules on Risk Management Requirements for Derivatives Clearing Organizations03.21.11


MFA submitted a comment letter to the CFTC on its proposed rules on Risk Management Requirements for Derivatives Clearing Organizations. […]

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Topics: Commodity Futures Trading Commission CFTC, Risk Management Requirements, derivatives clearing organizations, DCO, participant eligibility, eligibility standards, fair and open access, clearing member, DCO concentration risk, diversity of market participants, competition, capital requirements, clearinghouses, swap portfolio size, transaction volume, antitrust considerations, $50 million upper limit, minimum capital requirements, net capital obligation, risk exposure, risk-based methodologies, stress and default scenarios, tiers, threshold guaranty fund contribution, direct clearing members, DCO margin methodologies, guaranty fund scaling methodologies, margin, obligations, cleared trade volumes, scaling requirements, Chicago Board of Trade, committee on payment and settlement systems and technical committee of the International Organization of Securities Commissions, CPSS-IOSCO standards, product eligibility, Designated Contract Market, DCM, Swap Execution Facility, SEF, electronic execution, connectivity, standard two-way protocols, executing counterparty, risk management, margin requirements, market liquidity, initial margin, five-day liquidation horizon, highly liquid instruments, market volatility, on-the-run 10 year interest rate swaps, initial margin requirements, excess margin, default management framework, customer initial margin, direct clearing members' initial margin, credit risk, Columbia University, leverage ratio, investment banks, hedge fund industry, non-hedge positions, product portfolio, swap portfolio, margin methodology, creditworthiness, counterparty credit assessment practices, margin calls, mark-to-market variations, volatility, bilateral trades, greater market concentration, systemic risk mitigation, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, The Turner Review, global banking crisis, margin calculation utility, effective date, phase-in period, mandatory central clearing, differentiated margining, portfolio margining, cross product margin, swaps, futures, federal register, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, ISDA, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission,

Comment Letter Responding to SEC’s Proposal to Implement Amendments to the Advisers Act Contained in Title IV of the Dodd-Frank Act01.24.11


MFA submitted a comment letter todayto the SEC on its proposal to implement amendments to the Advisers Act contained in […]

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Topics: Securities and Exchange Commission De Minimis Amount, Investment Management, Richard H. Baker, Hearing on Industry Perspectives on the Obama Administration's Financial Regulatory Reform Proposals, Committee on Financial Services, U.S. House of Representatives, venture capital funds, private fund managers, Effective Date of Title IV, registration requirements, Mid-Sized Managers, Securities Commissioner, Exemption, hedge fund industry, Unregistered Managers, SEC-Registered Managers, Substantive Provision, effective date, net assets, Commission on Form ADV, Incentive-Based Compensation Arrangements, Hedge Fund Manager Registration Rul, performance fee, Income Thresholds, Grandfathering Provisions, equity owner, private adviser exemption, transitional relief, qualified purchaser, qualified client standard, Investment Adviser Registration Depository, IARD, SEC, Registration Process, SEC's Contract, IARD System, Duplicative Filing, NSMIA, Form ADV-T, regulatory assets under management, Proprietary Accounts of the Manager, Threshold of $25 Million, assets under management, Portfolios, investment adviser, Form ADV Part 1A, Instruction 5.b., threshold, registration, state securities commission, Mid-Sized Manager, SEC-registered investment advisers, Family Accounts, Proprietary Accounts, pooled investment vehicle, gross assets, hedge funds, leverage, collateral, counterparties, FSA, systemic risk, Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, Leverage Ratios, European Central Bank, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, Columbia University, The Turner Review, Definition, proprietary information, valuation methodology, generally accepted accounting principles, GAAP, Debt-to-Equity, Instruction 5.b(4), Fair Value Methodology, International Accounting Standards, Difficult-to-Value Assets, Valuation Information, Private Fund Information, Compliance Risks, public disclosure, beneficial owners, Investor Protection Benefits, Fair Valu Hierarchy, Schedule D, Section 7.B.1, Proposed Items 14, 15, 17, 13 and 29, 11 and 12, $1 Billion, Incentive-Based, Excessive Compensation, banks, Credit Unions, broker dealers, assets, Proposed Items 5.A, 5.D and 5.F, Form ADV, Part 1A, Proposed Instruction 1.b., hedge fund managers, Depository Institutions, Taxpayer Money, National Securities Exchanges, Wealth and Income Requirements, Tier 1 Financial Holding Company, Compensation Structure, Unit-Linked Life Insurance,

MFA Comments on SEC Regulatory Initiatives Under the Dodd-Frank Act09.22.10


MFA submitted initial comments to the SEC and the CFTC on regulatory initiatives in each agencys purview under the Dodd-Frank […]

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Topics: Commodity Futures Trading Commission CFTC, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, financial regulatory system, hedge funds, financial crisis, institutional investors, OTC derivatives market, over-the-counter derivatives market, systemic risk, operational risk, transparency, capital markets, U.S. Banking Industry, Columbia University, Investment Company Institute, Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council, leverage, market discipline, investor confidence, market stability, risk capital, proprietary strategies, international coordination, financial risk, business risk, swap dealer, swap, Counterparty, market maker, futures commission merchant, FCM, futures, Major Swap Participant, msp, non-swap dealer, AIG, initial margin, variation margin, substantial position, offsetting position, clearing, central clearing, liquidity, regulatory capital requirements, creditor, depositor, Tier 1 capital, pension plans, endowments, cleared swaps, uncleared swaps, security-based swaps, collateral, non-bank MSP, Swap Execution Facility, SEF, futures market, risk management, central counterparties, CCP, risk model, customer protection, risk committee, proprietary asset, customer asset, third party custodian, segregation, omnibus account, individual account, reporting, Designated Contract Market, market integrity, physical market, position limits, contract market, commodity trading advisor, CTA, investment adviser, Peavey Commodity Futures Fund no-action letter, commodity pool operator, Financial Stability Oversight Council, FSOC, Office of Financial Research, owned funds, residual value, managed funds, investment portfolio, roll-over, commercial paper, credit exposure, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, FDIC, Troubled Asset Relief Program, TARP, Federal Reserve, "too big to fail, bankruptcy law, Bondholder, private investment funds, mutual fund, client, pooled vehicle, pooled investment vehicle, Investor Protection, self-regulatory organization, SRO, investment adviser examination, Comptroller General of the United States, capital formation, Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, OCIE, private funds, global banks, retail clients, proprietary information, Confidential Information, Venture Capital Fund, family office, accredited investor, qualified client, knowledgeable employees, transitional relief, performance reports, market makers, Broker, fiduciary, Major Security-Based Swap Participant, MSSP, registration, margin requirement, risk profile, financial entities, Price Manipulation, executive compensation, many-to-many platform, covered financial institution, Incentive-Based Compensation Arrangements, Regulation D, disqalifying felons, Bad Actors, CUSIP number, short selling, Disclosure, price discovery, volatility, retail funds, global market, equity market, herding, Form SH, beneficial ownership, short swing profit reporting, fiduciary standard, Investor Advisory Committee, European Commission, EC, European Union, EU, European Parliament, EP, European Council of Finance Ministers, alternative investment funds, AIFs, SEC-registered advisers, Secretary Geithner, European Commissioner Michel Barnier, U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling, non-bank financial companies,

MFA Comments on CFTC Regulatory Intitiatives Under the Dodd-Frank Act09.22.10


MFA submitted initial comments to the SEC and the CFTC on regulatory initiatives in each agencys purview under the Dodd-Frank […]

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Topics: Commodity Futures Trading Commission CFTC, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, financial regulatory system, hedge funds, financial crisis, institutional investors, OTC derivatives market, over-the-counter derivatives market, systemic risk, operational risk, transparency, capital markets, U.S. Banking Industry, Columbia University, Investment Company Institute, Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council, leverage, private investment funds, Investor Protection, market discipline, investor confidence, market stability, risk capital, proprietary strategies, international coordination, financial risk, business risk, swap dealer, swap, Counterparty, market maker, futures commission merchant, FCM, futures, Major Swap Participant, msp, non-swap dealer, AIG, initial margin, variation margin, substantial position, offsetting position, clearing, central clearing, liquidity, regulatory capital requirements, creditor, depositor, Tier 1 capital, pension plans, endowments, cleared swaps, uncleared swaps, security-based swaps, collateral, non-bank MSP, Swap Execution Facility, SEF, equity market, futures market, risk management, central counterparties, CCP, risk model, customer protection, risk committee, proprietary asset, customer asset, third party custodian, segregation, omnibus account, individual account, reporting, Designated Contract Market, market integrity, physical market, position limits, contract market, commodity trading advisor, CTA, investment adviser, Peavey Commodity Futures Fund no-action letter, commodity pool operator, Financial Stability Oversight Council, FSOC, Office of Financial Research, owned funds, residual value, managed funds, investment portfolio, roll-over, commercial paper, credit exposure, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, FDIC, Troubled Asset Relief Program, TARP, Federal Reserve, "too big to fail, bankruptcy law, Bondholder,
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