MFA Comment Letters

Topic: commodity trading advisors

MFA Submits List of Priorities to CFTC Chairman Massad and Commissioners07.30.14


MFA submitted letters to Timothy Massad, the newly confirmed Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), along with the […]

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Topics: CFTC Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Timothy Massad, Mark Wetjen, Scott O'Malia, Sharon Bowen, J. Christopher Giancarlo, swaps, commodity pool operators, CPO, commodity trading advisors, CTA, alternative investment strategies, Dodd-Frank Act, OTC derivatives, systemic risk, transparency, central clearing, swap execution facilities, SEF, designated contract markets, DCM, regulation, package transactions, market infrastructures, recordkeeping requirements, swap data reporting, Cross-Border, central counterparties, CCP, third country, regulatory requirements, alternative investment funds, EMIR, JOBS Act, private investment vehicles, regulatory framework, hedge fund, fund of funds, private equity fund, real estate investment trust, burdensome, CPO delegation, temporary interim relief, private funds, harmonization, no-action relief, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, Policy Makers, customer protection, U.S. Congress, Bankruptcy Code, futures commission merchant, FCM, legal segregation with operation commingling, LSOC, market participant, MF Global Inc., Peregrine Financial Group, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. Peregrine Financial Group Inc. and Russel R. Wasendorf, segregated account, FCM counterparty, position limits, buy-side, straight-through processing, made available for trading, MAT, inter-dealer market, anonymity, execution, proprietary trading tools, dealer-to-customer platforms, liquidity, derivatives clearing organization, DCO, Dealer, interest rate markets, swap curves, swap butterflies, invoice spreads, swaptions, Vincent A. McGonagle, exchange for related position, EFRPs, benchmark contracts, SIFMA AMG, Asset Management Group of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight, Division of Market Oversight, introducing broker, assets under management, AUM, trading privileges, commodity pool, floor brokers, Alternative Investment Management Association, AIMA, swap data repository, SDR, Commodity Markets Council, alpha swap, beta swap, gamma swap, Major Swap Participant, MSPs, European Union, EU, bespoke swaps, International Swaps and Derivatives Association, ISDA, master agreement, European Commission, OTC Derivatives Regulators Group, mandatory clearing, United States, Cayman Islands, U.S. person, swap dealer, financial counterparty, commodity interests, privately offered commodity pools, Cayman Islands Monetary Authority, British Virgin Islands Financial Services Commission, Financial Conduct Authority, Hong Kong, Securities and Futures Commission, private investment funds, limited partnership, general partner, corporations, Trust, limited liability companies, public investment fund, board of directors, chilling effect, NFA, National Futures Association, due diligence, compliance, registered investment adviser, President Obama, Obama Administration, U.S. Department of the Treasury, quarterly account statements, service providers, illiquid assets, Form PF, Form CPO-PQR, Form CTA-PR, custody rules, generally accepted accounting principles, GAAP, Form PQR, haircuts, Committee of Payment and Settlement Systems, International Organization of Securities Commissions, IOSCO, Financial Stability Board, FSB, risk management, initial margin, variation margin, loss allocation, Full Physical Segregation, customer collateral, collateral, insolvency, cleared swaps, hedgers, short, price discovery, spot-month position limits, physically settled, cash-settled contracts, natural gas, gold, silver, owned entities, passive ownership, exemptive relief, speculation, aggregation,

Comment Letter on Joint Release Regarding Reporting by Investment Advisors to Private Funds and Certain Commodity Pool Operators and Commodity Trading Advisors on Form PF04.08.11


MFA filed a comment letter with the SEC and CFTC in response to their joint proposal to require private fund […]

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Topics: private funds commodity pool operators, commodity trading advisors, Form PF, systemic risk, Financial Stability Oversight Council, market participants, managed futures, absolute return strategies, SEC, CFTC, Dodd-Frank Act, Council and Office of Financial Research, OFR, global regulators, overcounting, undercounting, threshold for enhanced performance, assets under management, reporting period, confidentiality protections, inadvertent disclosure, non-bank financial companies, lending institutions, interconnectedness, liquidity risk, maturity mismatch, regulatory scrutiny, systemically significant, Federal Reserve System, the Fed, Form CPO, Form PQR, Form CTA-PR, targeted requests, tiered reporting system, threshold, trading and investment strategies, borrowing arrangements, collateral practices, operational capabilities, illiquid assets, investment advisers, bespoke contracts, private equity, privately issued convertible bonds, equity derivatives, distressed debt, unaffiliated third party sources, generally accepted accounting principles, GAAP, Level 2 inputs, Level 3 inputs, Financial Accounting Standards Board, audited financial statements, UK Financial Services Authority, FSA, Form 13F, public companies, Form 10-K, Form 10-Q, portfolio management, CUSIP number, semi-annual reporting, counterparty exposures, market noise, short-term market fluctuations, margin requirements, hedge fund defaults, large private fund manager, qualifying fund, hedge fund assets under management, Form ADV, proposed reporting thresholds, interpretive guidance, private fund managers, recordkeeping requirements, section 404, confidentiality of information, proprietary information, Investment Adviser Registration Depository, Schedule 13G, individual certification, valuation methodology, proprietary methodology, alternative methodology, de minimis, master-feeder, parallel funds, equity prices, interest rates, currency rates, Form PF question 36, form PF questions 28 and 35, funds of funds, direct investments, aggregate gross asset value, collateral, operational efficiency, ten-year option, five-year option, master agreement, regulatory assets under management, net assets under management, leverage, parallel managed accounts, net asset value, gross asset value, creditor, net borrowings, aggregate borrowings, beneficial owners, record owners, fixed advisory fees, investment expenses, performance fees, inception class, statistical arbitrage-equity, other quantitative strategies, strategy exposure, risk capital allocation, NAV, futures commission merchants, FCMs, direct clearing members, DCMs, prime brokers, clause (iii), loan commitments, offsetting exposure, tri-party collateral accounts, market value, asset-backed securities, debt securities, swap contracts, futures contracts, foreign currency contracts, notional value of derivatives, notional amount, long positions, short positions, LMV, SMV, maturity brackets, short-term interest rate, DV01, CR01, duration, non-rated issues, short term high quality corporate debt, foreign exchange derivatives, turnover rate, GMV, Bloomberg, risk methodology, repos, sensitivity analyses, liquidity management, balance sheet value, delta adjusted, variation margin, equity exposure, rehypothecated initial margin, CCPs, central clearing counterparties, Value at Risk, VaR, CDS, CDX, default rates, corporate bonds, short borrowing, synthetic borrowing, uncommitted lines of credit, side pocket arrangement,

Comment Letter to the CFTC in Response to its Request for Comments on Position Limits for Derivatives03.28.11


MFA submitted comments to the CFTC in response to its request for comments on position limits for derivatives. MFA remains […]

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Topics: CFTC Commodity Futures Trading Commission, position limits, derivatives, futures, option contract, swap contract, futures market, price risk, commercial participants, operating company, financial institution, energy market infrastructure, liquid price discovery, risk-shifting market, market manipulation, federal limits, crowding out provision, spot month, disaggregation relief, deliverable supply, inter-commodity spread transactions, bona fide hedger, price discovery, risk management, commodity market, annual recalculation methodology, U.S. futures exchange, delivery point, individual class rules, legacy position limits, agricultural commodities, disorderly markets, spot-month position limits, referenced contracts, aggregate spot-month position limits, swaptions, DCMs, physically delivered contracts, cash-settled contracts, conditional-spot month limit, cash position, forward position, physical commodity deliverable, aggregate all-months-combined, aggregate single-month, futures class all-months-combined, futures class single-month, swaps class all-months-combined, swaps class single-month, open interest, non-spot position limits, calendar-spread exemption, hedging transaction, cash market transaction, cash market risk, swap dealer hedge exemption, pool participant, future commission merchants, FCMs, independently controlled and managed trader, account aggregation requirements, enumerated agricultural commodities, open interest formula, position visibility, reporting requirements, offsetting positions, excessive speculation, interstate commerce, physical commodity, interest rates, stock indices, squeezes, market liquidity, global commodity, regulatory oversight, risk transfer, energy price volatility, CTFC Inter-Agency Task Force on Commodity Markets, GAO, IOSCO, IMG, UK Treasury, CME, The Economist, supply and demand, U.S. dollar, price volatility, NYMEX crude oil price, speculative investment, crude oil futures, International Organization of Securities Commission, IOSCO Technical Committee, IMF World Economic outlook, HM Treasury Global Commodities, OECD publishing, JP Morgan, long positions, hedge funds, short positions, Chicago onions, Berlin wheat, Credit Agricole, Energy Risk, University of Calgary, PKVerleger LLC, Wall St. Journal, Artificial limits, Barclays Capital, OECD Food, Jacks Study, Commission Energy Complex Report, Global Energy Management Institute, Bauer College of Business, University of Houston, House Committee on Agriculture, Pirrong Testimony, price spikes, agricultural model, metal commodity, seasonal variation, market surveillance, OTC, WTI, independently controlled accounts, independent third party, commodity trading advisors, common parent, CPO, CTA, control standard, commodity pool operator, commodity trading advisor, eligible entity, order routing arrangement, disclosure documents, non-financial entity exemption, active trading program, passive trading program, funds of funds, private equity investments, passive investors, pension plan, independent account controller exemption, asset manager, corporate enterprises, speculative trading ventures, CFTC docket no. 11-05, CFTC docket no. 08-02, pool participant exemption, equity interest, market depth, no-action relief, percentage interest, real-time basis, university endowment, liquidity provisions, application based exemption, approval based exemption, annual renewal based exemption, self-executing disaggregation, reporting obligation, surveillance, audit, enforcement, cross-ownership of traders, statement of reporting trader, benchmark contracts, NYMEX Henery Hub Natural Gas contract, commercial hedgers, inter-commodity spread exemption, arbitrage exemption, directional position, outright positions, submarket, large trader data, seasonality, annual limits, CBOT, NYBOT, KCBOT, pre-existing position exemption, significant price discovery contracts, index fund manager, class limits, rounding, hypothetical portfolios, cleared bilateral contracts, non-cleared bilateral contracts, front month position, deferred month positions, last day swaps, penultimate swaps, options, delta, financial cal spread options, physical cal spread options, physical options, HH natural gas,

Comment Letter to the SEC on Establishment of a Registration Regime for Municipal Advisors as Required by the Dodd-Frank Act.02.22.11


MFA submitted a comment letter to the SEC in response to its proposal to establish a registration regime for municipal […]

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Topics: Securities and Exchange Commission SEC, municipal advisors, duplicative registration, investment advisers, commodity trading advisors, CTAs, pooled investment vehicles, municipal financial products, municipal securities, guaranteed investment contracts, investment strategies, municipal escrow investments, pools of assets, pooled investment vehicle, municipal advisor, primary investors, private fund managers, solicitation, common control, third-party solicitor, SEC regulation, CFTC regulation, regulated persons, registered broker-dealer, pay to play rule, SEC-registered entities, registered investment advisers, registered CTAs, municipal advisory activities, municipal derivatives, commodity for future delivery, option, securities futures product, Security-Based Swap, bank deposits, investment advisory services, ancillary services, registered advisor, regular oversight, state-registered investment advisors, exempt reporting advisers, state entity, self-regulatory entity, state securities commission, mid-sized adviser, participating affiliate agreements, no-action letters, affiliate letters, SEC resources, multi-jurisdictional advisory firms, venture capital funds, private fund advisors, foreign private advisers, SEC No-Action Letter, Uniao de Banco de Brasileiros, Kleinwort Benson Investment Management Limited, Murray Johnstone Holdings Limited, ABN AMRO Bank N.V., Royal Bank of Canada, SEC oversight, transition period for registration, private adviser exemption, Form MA, dually-registered investment advisers, Form ADV,

Comment Letter Responding to SECs Proposed Exemptions for Advisers to Venture Capital Funds, Private Fund Advisers With Less Than $150 Million in Assets Under Management, and Foreign Private Advisers01.24.11


MFA submitted a comment letter to the SEC in response to the SECs proposal Exemptions for Advisers to Venture Capital […]

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Topics: Securities and Exchange Commission SEC, Exemptions, venture capital funds, Private Fund Advisers, assets under management, foreign private advisers, Exemptions Release, Private Fund Registration, Statutory Exemption, commodity trading advisors, Single Investor Private Funds, investor, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, commodity trading advisor, CTA, Securities-Related Advice, CFTC, Peavey Commodity Futures Fund, SEC No-Action Letter, 1983 SEC No-Act. LEXIS 2576, Tonopah Mining Co. of Nevada, 26 S.E.C. 426, Subadvisers, Subsidiary Advisers, Regulatory Authority, Investment Adviser Industry, Specialized Expertise, Foreign Advisers and Subadvisers, no-action letters, Domestic, Non-U.S. Investment Advisory Firms, Control, Participating Affiliate, Mercury Asset Management Plc., affiliate letters, Registered and Non-Registered Entities, Factual Representations, Associated Persons, Full Regulatory Access, oversight, Non-Registered Adviser, Multi-Jurisdicational Advisory Firms, Non-U.S. Activities, systemic risk, Hedge Fund Adviser Registration Rules, Unio de Banco de Brasileiros S.A., Kleinwort Benson Investment Management Limited, AMRO Bank N.V., Royal Bank of Canada, ABA Subcommittee on Private Investment Entities, Compliance and Management Structures, Non-Control, affiliated entities, U.S. law, Non-U.S. Law, Affiliated Person, Form ADV, private fund, Master-Feeder Structure, Side-by-Side Structure, Specialized Feeder, Outstanding Voting Securities, pooled investment vehicle, limited partnership, Limited Liability Company, Independent Verification of Assets Requirement, general partner, Nominal Capital Account, Limited Partner, Instrument, total return swap, Record Owner, Equity Security, prudential regulators, Secretary of the Treasury, Security-Based Swap, Staff Responses to Questions About the Custody Rule, Question VI.11, Voting Rights, Redemption, Transparency Rights, regulatory assets under management, de minimis exemption, Regulatory Assets, separate account structure, Gross Assets Calculation, Fair Value, valuation methodology,

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),