MFA Comment Letters

Topic: counterparty risk

MFA Submits Comments to the FSB/IOSCO on Assessment Methodologies for Non-Bank Non-Insurer Global SIFIs04.07.14


MFA submitted a comment letter to the Financial Stability Board and the International Organization of Securities Commissions in response to […]

MFA Coalition Submits Joint Letter to SEC and CFTC on CDS Customer Portfolio Margining05.10.13


MFA, the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI), and the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) (collectively, the “Associations”) submitted a […]

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Topics: ACLI American Council of Life Insurers, AIMA, Alternative Investment Management Association, Mary Jo White, Gary Gensler, SEC, CFTC, Securities and Exchange Commission, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, portfolio margining, clearing, ICE Clear Credit LLC, security-based swaps, swaps, credit default swaps, CDS, buy-side participants, sell-side firms, margin, central clearing, Investor Protection, market efficiency, derivatives, hedging, FCM, futures commission merchants, broker-dealer, single-name CDS, economic barriers, systemic risk, counterparty credit risk, credit risk, offsetting position, collateral, price distortion, broad-based indices, narrow-based index credit default swap, initial margin, initial margin requirements, margin requirements, registered clearing agencies, derivatives clearing organization, DCO, clearinghouse, capital, segregation, clearing agency, self-clearing members, dealers, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, FINRA, end-users, regulatory framework, interconnectedness, ICE Trust, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, settlement, New York State Banking Department, risk management, variation margin, long-short strategies, interest rate swaps, market participants, clearing mandate, master netting agreements, voluntary clearing, backloading, iTraxx Europe, liquidity, liquidity requirements, tri-party segregation arrangements, custody bank, institutional custodian, excess margin, legal segregation with operation commingling, LSOC, LSOC with excess, directional portfolio, insolvency, equity markets, arbitrage, S&P 500, price competition, direct clearing members, DCM, liquidation, proprietary strategies, volatility, net margin, margining, straight-through processing, counterparty risk, speculative position, Options Clearing Corporation, OCC, short straddles, capital formation,

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 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 Submits Comments to the Monetary Authority of Singapore on Proposed Regulations on OTC Derivatives03.26.12


MFA submitted a comment letter to the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) in response to its Consultation Paper on Proposed […]

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Topics: Monetary Authority of Singapore MAS, OTC derivatives, over-the-counter derivatives, Consultation Paper on Proposed Regulation of OTC Derivatives, G20, OTC derivatives market, systemic risk, efficient capital flows, mandary clearing, clearing, bilateral market, risk management, derivatives transactions, trading mandate, liquid and standardized transactions, client access to clearing, clearing arrangements, margin methodologies, straight-through processing, central clearing, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, CFTC, Gary Gensler, Securities and Exchange Commission, Mary Schapiro, market participants, central counterparty, CCP, average notional value, clearing threshold, buy-side clearing, U.S. Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Dodd-Frank Act, backloading, Financial Stability Board, FSB, international harmonization of regulations, swaps, European Union, EU, European Commission, ESMA, legal entity identifiers, confidentiality, transaction data, counterparty identification, customized and proprietary investment strategies, intellectual property, International Organization of Securities Commissions, IOSCO, foreign regulator, financial entities, non-financial entities, Singapore, Form PF, margin requirements, netting, trading costs, aggregate counterparty credit risk, settlement risk, commercial banks, dealers, money changers, registered insurers, non-centrally cleared derivatives transactions, margin determinations, liquidation horizons, fragmentation of liquidity, clearing house, counterparty risk, recognized clearing houses, clearing facilities, real-time processing, barriers to entry, non-dealer client representation, risk committees, G20 commitments, regulatory regime, duplicative regulation, U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry, trade repositories, Securities and Futures Commission, Honk Kong Monetary Authority,

Comment Letters to Prudential Regulators on their Proposed Rules for Margin and Capital Requirements for Covered Swap Entities07.11.11


MFA submitted a comment letter to the Prudential Regulators in response to their notice of proposed rulemaking on Margin and […]

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Topics: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Margin and Capital Requirements for Covered Swap Entities Treasury, swap markets, central clearing, risk-based margin requirements, minimize risk, liquidity, swap dealers, SDs, major swap participants, covered swap participants, CSEs, uncleared swaps, delivery of margin, counterparties, operational costs, adverse pricing, robust netting arrangements, funding costs, customized transactions, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, unsecured counterparty credit risk, consistency, transparency, variation margin, Timothy Geithner, mandatory clearing requirements, central clearinghouse, clearing eligible, non-cash collateral, Gary Gensler, asset class, financial entity counterparties, bilateral exchange of variation margin, pension plans, university endowments, counterparty risk, systemic risk, "too big to fail, uncollaterized swap positions, indirect transmission, House Committee on Financial Services, Ben S. Bernanke, swap portfolio, risk management, cleared swap transactions, risk reduction tool, interest rate swaps, commodity swaps, FCM, credit default swap, referenced bond, interest rate swap, Eurodollar futures, security-based swaps, physically-settling forwards, repurchase agreements, security lending agreements, over-collateralization, futures commission merchant, liquidation value, cross-product netting agreements, multi-lateral netting agreements, non-cleared commodity options, paired products, trading contracts, proprietary models, equity swaps, call option, total return swap, illiquid security, ten-day liquidation time horizon, five-day time horizon, valuation formulas, swap documents, Capital Relief for Cleared Swaps, DCO, capital charge, derivatives clearing organizations, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Housing Finance Agency, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Farm Credit Administration, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, FDIC, CFTC,

Letter to Mary Schapiro; Attachments: (Industry Letter on Buy Side Access to Clearing) and (Recommended Timeline for Adoption and Implementation of Final Rules Pursuant to Title VII of The Dodd-Frank Act)03.24.11


MFA submitted a letter to Chairmen Schapiro and Gensler, and each of the SEC and CFTC Commissioners, providing our recommendations […]

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Topics: Securities and Exchange Commission OTC derivatives market, reform, systemic risk, efficiency, global financial system, central clearing, liquid contracts, clearable contracts, trade repositories, cleared swaps, bilateral swaps, price transparency, liquid swap transactions, broad industry clearing, trade repository data, electronic data, trade transparency, buy-side participants, buy-side access, New York Fed, ISDA Governance Committee, IIGC, standardizing contracts, trade compression, OTC derivatives reform, milestones, phase-in period, sell-side firms, clearinghouses, Regulators, current clearable swaps, future clearable swaps, broad-based index credit default swaps, CDS, interest rate markets, single-name CDS, asset managers, end-users, CCPs, CMs, customer clearing services, open interest caps, waterfalls, block trading, risk compression, customer funds, pre-default portability, give-up agreements, US bankruptcy, non-US bankruptcy, cleared OTC derivatives, 14d order, 17f6 order, SEC exemptions, FINRA exemptions, margin methodology, CME rules, CME, ClearPort, migration, TBF, Bloomberg, MarkitWire, ICELink, end to end production testing, front-office processing, middle-office processing, back-office processing, back loading facility, end-to-end systems flow, fallback processing, post-default portability, risk waterfall process, net client omnibus margin account, price challenge protocol, financial disclosure requirements, clearing, commission fee, trading annex, give up process, transparency, default waterfall, futures, CDS books, margin segregation, Basel I capital requirements, FCMs, commodity contracts, Bankruptcy Code, roll-out schedule, margin regime, vendor, streamlined netting process, trade rejection rights, segregation framework, alternative margin segregation schemes, title transfer regime, English law CSAs, US banking regulators, US bank CM, non-US bankruptcy laws, non-US CM's default, position limits, real-time reporting, big bang approach, phase-in approach, derivatives clearing organizations, interest rate swaps, exchange trading, MSPs, hedge funds, dealer-to-dealer clearing, SEF trading, onboarding, mixed swap, swap dealer, eligible contract participant, DCO governance, DCO registration, collateral, Business Conduct Standards, capital requirements, margin requirements, MSP recordkeeping requirements, SD recordkeeping requirements, public reporting, liquidity, individual risk concentrations, block trade. swap initial margin, post-trade reporting, pre-trade reporting, interdealer reporting, Dodd-Frank clearing requirements, clearing agreement, execution agreement, clearing members, FIA, CFTC rules, SEC rules, mandatory clearing date, CCP implementation period, CCP risk management, end-user exemptions, Phase 1 mandatory cleared products, counterparty risk, OTC derivatives, standardized documentation, onboarding work streams, voluntary period, direct clearing participants, indirect clearing participants, voluntary targets, scale readiness, volume targets, simpler instruments, complex instruments, credit, voluntary back loading, compression, systemic counterparty risk, industry-level metrics, DTCC data, cleared settlement, uncleared settlement, tear-ups, long-only accounts, asset manager accounts, investor,

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,