MFA Comment Letters

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MFA Submits Letter to ESMA on Draft Technical Standards on OTC Derivatives08.05.12


MFA submitted a comment letter to the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) in response to its Consultation Paper on “Draft Technical […]

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Topics: European Securities and Markets Authority ESMA, over-the-counter derivatives, OTC derivatives, CCP, trade repositories, European Parliament, Council of the European Union, OTC derivatives transactions, central counterparty, EMIR, central clearing, systemic risk, transparency, collateral, segregation, regulatory technical standards, straight-through processing, OTC derivatives market, market participants, Dealer, portability, client protections, contractual relationship, clearing member, CPSS-IOSCO, CPSS-IOSCO standards, CCP governing bodies, margin valuation, margin, risk management, risk management framework, conflicts of interest, fiduciary duty, International Organization of Securities Commissions, IOSCO, proprietary trading tools, risk committee, derivatives contracts, derivatives, risk profile, interlocking governance arrangements, trading venues, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, CFTC, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, internal controls, over-collateralization, in-the-money swap, "delta" hedge, swaps, credit default swap, CDS, negative correlation, capital, trading costs, credit risk, indirect clearing, non-linear products, Europe, European Union, EU, administrator, omnibus account, default, principal basis, agency basis, gross basis, net basis, LCH Clearnet, indirect client, direct client, close-out, extraterritorial application of EMIR, extraterritoriality, risk mitigation, Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Asia, regulatory arbitrage, Regulators, counterparty risk, duplicative regulation, mutual recognition, third country regime, interpretive guidance, Cross-Border, index, foreign exchange, Euro, currency, interest rate derivatives, EU Member State, non-cleared OTC derivatives, compliance, default fund, portfolio reconciliation, portfolio compression, self-regulatory organization, SRO, swap dealers, major swap participants, Derivative Contracts, bilateral non-cleared OTC derivatives transactions, execution, hedging, upfront payment, floating rate payment, coupon, maturity, bespoke non-cleared trades, security-based swaps, debt-security based swaps, total return swaps, settlement prices, Proprietary Trading Strategy, public disclosure, confidence interval, margin requirements, financial instrument, posted collateral, interest rate swaps, Stan Ivanov, Lee Underwood, variation margin, initial margin, Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, Basel III, liquidation horizons, bilateral counterparty credit risk, netting, transaction fees, liquidity fragmentation, affiliated market participants, money market instruments, credit institutions, stress testing, back testing,

MFA Response to FSA Discussion Paper on Implementation of the AIFMD03.23.12


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Topics: FSA Discussion Paper "Implementation of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive" Financial Services Authority, FSA, Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive, AIFMD, non-EU AIFM, Member State competent authorities, letter-box entity, MiFID, MiFID firm, AIFMD firm, retail customers, professional investors, remuneration provisions, CRD3 framework, functional and hierarchal independence, risk management, internationally coordinated approach to reporting, European Securities and Markets Authority, ESMA, single AIFM, family relationship, family investment vehicle, UK AIFM, preferential treatment, side letters, retail consumers, FSA Principles for Business, FCA, UCITS Directive, retail investors, EU Passport, FCA Approach Document, conflicts of interest, SYSC 10 of the FSA Handbook, remuneration guidelines, MiFID portfolio managers, tier 4 firm, FSA Remuneration Code, compliance function, audit function, proportionality principle, regulatory requirements, regulatory risks, chief compliance officer, functional and hierarchical separation, portfolio management, portfolio management personnel, interest alignment, qualitative risk limit, UCITS investors, institutional investors, leverage, NAV, third country, Final Advice on the AIFMD, third country managers, capital requirements, PII requirements, IPRU (INV), professional indemnity insurance, professional negligence, internally managed AIF, CAD-defined terms, valuation procedures, external valuer, net asset value, limited partnership, hedge funds, NAV per share, liquidity requirements, redemption terms, less than fully invested, risk/return profile, net assets under management, investor capital, Value at Risk, VaR methodology, European Central Bank, foreign exchange, interest rate risk, EUR denominated bonds, portfolio risk, hedging arragements, CESR Guidelines on Risk Management and the Calculation of Global Exposure and Coutnerparty Risk for UCITS, CDS, Advanced Method, QIS disclosure requirements, prime brokers, exchanges, swap data warehouses, Dodd-Frank Act, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, Form PF, proprietary business information, depositary, unregulated CIS, segregated account, valuation oversight duties, depositary liability, marketing, reverse solicitation process, MiFID investment services, private placement, public offers,

MFA Submits Comments to ESMA in Response to Draft Technical Standards on OTC Derivatives, CCPs and Trade Repositories03.19.12


MFA submitted a comment letter to the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) in response to its Discussion Paper on […]

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Topics: OTC derivatives European Securities and Markets Authority, ESMA, EMIR, European Union, EU, over-the-counter derivatives, central clearing, counterparty and operational risk, market oversight, market integrity, systemic risk, derivatives market, OTC derivatives market, ESMA Discussion Paper on Draft Technical Stanards for the Regulation on OTC Derivatives CCPs and Trade Repositories, central counterparty, CCP, risk management expertise, straight-through processing, CCPs governance structure, clearing, competitive execution, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, CFTC, execution platform, alternative liquidity providers, electronic trading, real-time processing, international harmonization of regulations, client clearing models, third country counterparities, clearing obligation, extraterritorial application of EMIR, fund domicile, manager domicile, reference entity domicile, market location, reference security, underlying instrument, third country entities, principal of business, foreign exchange derivatives, interest rate derivatives, Euro, EU member currency, settlement currency, notional amount, indirect contractual arrangements, Cayman Islands, American Depository Receipt, ADR, Hong Kong, segregation, portability, indirect clearing models, guarantor, credit intermediary, execution documentation, credit intermediation, FIA-ISDA Cleared Derivatives Execution Agreement, futures commission merchant, FCM, swap dealer, SD, sublimit, Futures Industry Association, FIA, International Swap Derivatives Association, ISDA, clearing member, counterparty credit risk, indirect clearing, executing counterparty, back-to-back arrangements, trade acknowledgment, Dodd-Frank Act, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, security-based swaps, bespoke and customized transactions, electronically processed, CCP governance arragements, chief risk officer, chief technology officer, chief compliance officer, sound governance requirements, non-dealer representatives, risk committees, CCP committee, CCP Board, conflicts of interest, disclosure requirements, clients, record keeping, privacy and confidentiality of information, confidentiality agreements, CCP's margin models, confidence interval, liquidation period, lookback period, margin levels, margin requirements, technical standards, stress tesing, back testing, CCP data, non-default clearing members, clearing members, default, aggregation, public dissemination of information, transaction volumes, reasonably liquid traded instruments, confidentiality of counterparty identities, disclosure thresholds,

MFA Responds to ECON’s MiFID Questionnaire01.13.12


MFA submitted responses to MEP Markus Ferbers Questionnaire on MiFID/MiFAR 2, which asks for further information on certain aspects of […]

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Topics: Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee ECON, European Parliament, Questionnaire on MiFID/MiFIR 2 by Markus Ferber MEP, Markus Ferber, Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, eligible counterparties, custody, safekeeping, MiFID passport, professional clients, retail clients, equivalence, reciprocal access, regulatory capital, corporate governance rules, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, European Commission, management bodies, trading venues, corporate governance, broker crossing network, derivatives trading venues, derivatives, voice brokerage systems, alternative investment managers, alternative investment funds, broker dealers, relevant counterparties, clearing obligation, EMIR, European Market Infrastructure Regulation, central limit order book, CLOB, request for quote system, RFQ, algorithmic trading, high frequency trading, market-making activities, correlating instruments, mutual funds, arbitrage trading, high frequency/low latency, liquidity, flash crash, limit up-limit down measure, counterbalancing benefits, regulatory investigation, direct electronic access, DEA, co-location services, circuit breakers, abnormal trading conditions, confidentiality requirements, organized venues, public consultation, third country trading venues, EEA venues, reciprocal recognition, third country firms, straight-through processing, real-time registration, listed futures, listed equity derivatives, energy swaps, bilateral credit agreement, bilateral execution documentation, CCP, risk caps, SME, MTF SME, non-discriminatory access to market infrastructure, pre-trade market data, position limits, alternative arrangements, commodity derivatives, position management powers, hedging transactions, conflicts of interest, structured UCITS, non-structured UCITS, financial activity, shares, depositary receipts, exchange traded funds, ETF, broker liquidity, transparency, trading obligation, confidentiality safeguards, dark pools, approved publication arragement, APA, approved reporting mechanism, ARM, consolidated tape provider, CTP, European Supervisory Authorities, ESA, non-discriminatory access, real-time clearing, UCITS IV, packaged retail investment product, PRIP, organized trading facility, OTF, sanction,

Comment Letter to the CFTC on its Proposed Core Principles and Other Requirements for Swap Execution Facilities03.08.11


MFA submitted a comment letter to the CFTC on its proposed Core Principles and Other Requirements for Swap Execution Facilities. […]

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Topics: Commodity Futures Trading Commission CFTC, swap execution facilities, SEFs, SEF trading platforms, regulatory efficiencies, market efficiencies, market-based competition, transparency, real-time public reporting of swap transaction data, available for trading, competition, grandfather relief, request for quote, RFQ, order book, cleared swaps, block trades, timing delay, required transactions, Designated Contract Market, DCM, Mandatory Execution Requirement, annual review, market liquidity, minimum block threshold, large notional transaction size threshold, reporting requirements, recordkeeping requirements, daily trading records requirements, major swap participants, CEA, RFQ system, Over-the-Counter, OTC, electronic platform, one-to-one voice services, mandatory objective criteria, mandatory transparent criteria, OTC market, connectivity, grace period, liquidity, resting bids, swap data repositories, liquidity characteristics, bilateral trading environment, trading venues, dealer-to-customer platforms, exchanges, swap execution, bilateral trading, voice-based trading, flexibility, execution protocol, order book systems, multiple-to-multiple trading venues, limit order, central limit order variants, non-continuous liquidity, credit default swaps, responsive quote, interstate commerce, mandatory minimum required recipients, quote requesters, institutional investors, voice-based system, security-based swap execution facility, SB SEF, permitted transactions, block trade thresholds, block size, data analysis, minimum block sizes, joint the trade, auction-based methods, matching, fixing, open outcry trading pits, quote-requesting participant, widened bid/offer spreads, exchanges for physical, exchanges for swaps, off-market transactions, linked transactions, packaged transactions, single joint transactions, crossing, matching traders, futures position, physical position, cash position, debt instrument, physical contract, discreet contract, Manipulation, price distortion, congestion, sporadic liquidity, emergency procedure, public information, complete audit trail, conflicts of interest, chief compliance officer, ISDA, SIFMA, Over-the-Counter Derivatives Markets, CBOE futures exchange, RFQ response period, Rulebook,

Comment Letter to the CFTC on Governance Requirements for Derivatives Clearing Organizations, Designated Contract Markets, and Swap Execution Facilities; Additional Requirements Regarding the Mitigation of Conflicts of Interest03.07.11


MFA submitted a comment letter to the CFTC on Governance Requirements for Derivatives Clearing Organizations, Designated Contract Markets, and Swap […]

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,

Comment Letter on CFTCs Proposed Rule Related to Requirements for Derivatives Clearing Organizations, Designated Contract Markets, and Swap Execution Facilities Regarding the Mitigation of Conflicts of Interest11.17.10


On November 17, MFA submitted a comment letter on the CFTCs proposed rule related to Requirements for Derivatives Clearing Organizations, […]