MFA Comment Letters

Topic: Dealer

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 and AIMA Submit Joint Letter to CFTC on Further Proposed Cross-Border Guidance02.06.13


MFA and AIMA jointly submitted a comment letter to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) on its “Further Proposed Guidance […]

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Topics: Commodity Futures Trading Commission CFTC, Cross-Border, swaps, duplicative regulation, Alternative Investment Management Association, AIMA, Dodd-Frank Act, prime brokers, hedge fund managers, U.S. person, interpretive guidance, market participants, Corporation, partnership, Limited Liability Company, LLC, Trust, joint-stock company, direct or indirect ownership, commodity pool, pooled accounts, collective investment vehicles, commodity pool operator, CPO, pension, estate, income tax, principal place of business test, investment manager, limited liability partnership, LLP, investment fund, ownership test, derivatives, OTC derivatives, over-the-counter derivatives, OTC derivatives market, international harmonization of regulations, regulatory framework, swap dealer, Major Swap Participant, msp, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, European Securities and Markets Authority, ESMA, European Parliament, Council of the European Union, central counterparty, CCP, trade repositories, mandatory clearing requirements, clearing, central clearing, systemic risk, Gary Gensler, Mary Schapiro, OTC derivatives reform, CPPSS-IOSCO, IOSCO, International Organization of Securities Commissions, European Union, EU, Hong Kong Monetary Authority, Hong Kong, Monetary Authority of Singapore, Singapore, MAS, foreign regulators, Dealer, buy-side market participants, registration, adviser registration, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, OCC, majority ownership, Look Through, fund of funds, listed entity, Form CPO-PQR, de minimis, commodities, phase-in period, execution, G20, G20 commitments, transparency,

MFA Submits Accompanying Portfolio Margining Letter11.26.12


MFA submitted a supplemental comment letter to the U.S. prudential regulators during the reopened comment period for their proposed rulemaking […]

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Topics: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Federal Housing Finance Agency, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, FDIC, Farm Credit Administration, capital requirements, margin, covered swap entities, prudential regulators, swap dealer, Major Swap Participant, Security-Based Swap Dealer, Major Security-Based Swap Participant, Dodd-Frank Act, portfolio margining, cross-margining, futures, options, swaps, security-based swaps, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, CFTC, futures commission merchant, FCM, broker-dealer, initial margin, collateral, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, regulatory regime, market participants, Options Clearing Corporation, Chicago mercantile exchange, New York Portfolio Clearing LLC, LCH.Clearnet Ltd., capital markets, over-the-counter derivatives, OTC derivatives, master netting agreements, affiliate-held collateral, Dealer, derivatives clearing organization, segmentation, market liquidity, liquidity, end-users, hedging, mandatory clearing, credit default swap, CDS, index CDS, redundant margin, swaptions, caps, floors, cross-currency swaps, inflation swaps, Cleared Products, risk, CME Group, CME Clearport, ICE Clear Credit, ICE Clear Europe, central counterparties, CCP, buy-side, debt obligation, systemic risk, posted margin, Collecting Futures Commission Merchant, Depositing Futures Commission Merchant, triangular setoff, uncleared swaps, bankruptcy, commodity broker, In re Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc et al, Chevron Products Co. v. SemCrude L.P., covered swap entity, eligible collateral, Federal National Mortgage Association, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, Federal Home Loan Banks, Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation, insured obligation, Farm Credit System,

MFA and AIMA Submit Comments to CFTC on Cross-Border Guidance08.28.12


MFA and AIMA jointly submitted a comment letter to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) on its “Proposed Interpretive Guidance […]

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Topics: CFTC Commodity Futures Trading Commission, interpretive guidance, swaps, Alternative Investment Management Association, AIMA, financial crisis, over-the-counter derivatives, OTC derivatives, OTC derivatives market, hedge fund industry, fund of funds, hedge fund managers, prime brokers, hedge fund administrator, market participants, non-U.S. market participants, regulatory requirements, commodity pool, pooled accounts, collective investment vehicles, non-U.S. investment fund, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, international harmonization of regulations, regulatory framework, duplicative regulation, transaction cost, compliance costs, U.S. person, non-U.S. persons, derivatives, derivatives markets, Corporation, partnership, limited liability companies, joint-stock company, fund, pension plans, estate, Trust, income tax, Jill Sommers, Scott O'Malia, cost-benefit analysis, market impact, third country, European Securities and Markets Authority, ESMA, direct or indirect ownership, Look Through, shareholders, listed entity, foreign banks, banks, dealers, commodity pool operator, CPO, Form CPO-PQR, financial stability, financial system, chief compliance officer, risk management, swap data recordkeeping, swap data reporting, commodity swaps, clearing, swaps processing, margining, segregation, uncleared swaps, execution, portfolio reconciliation, real-time public reporting, trade confirmations, Business Conduct Standards, qualified eligible person, accredited investors, general partnerships, registration, CPO registration requirements, counterparties, swap dealer, major swap participants, MSPs, swap data repository, sell-side firms, buy-side firms, entity-level requirement, reporting party, comment letter, transaction-level requirements, majority ownership, G20, G20 commitments, substituted compliance, transparency, Policy Makers, European Parliament, Council of the European Union, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Monetary Authority, Securities and Futures Commission, Monetary Authority of Singapore, Singapore, International Organization of Securities Commissions, IOSCO, Department of the Treasury, natural person, foreign entity, Dealer, fiduciary, International Monetary Fund, International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Inter-American Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, United Nations,

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,

Comment Letter to SEC and CFTC Regarding Definition of ‘Eligible Contract Participant’01.10.12


MFA and SIFMA submitted a letter and attachment to the CFTC and the SEC on their proposed definition of “eligible […]

Comment Letter to the SEC and CFTC on Definitions of “Swap Dealer, Security-Based Swap Dealer (together, SDs), Major Swap Participant, Major Security-Based Swap Participant (together MSPs) and Eligible Contract Participant (ECP)02.22.11


MFA submitted a comment letter to the SEC and CFTC on their joint proposed rule to further define swap dealer, […]

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Topics: Commodity Futures Trading Commission Securities Exchange Commission, CFTC, SEC, Swaps dealer, SD, Security-Based Swap Dealer, Major Swap Participant, Major Security-Based Swap Participant, msp, security-based swaps, market activity, market growth, systemic risk, United States financial markets, potential future exposure test, systemically important, MSP thresholds, Dealer, end-users, default risk, risk-mitigating tools, hedge fund managers, potential future exposure calculation, over-collateralization, current uncollateralized outward exposure test, independent amount of collateral, initial margin, mark-to-market exposure, ISDA master agreements, daily variation margin calls, valuation of collateral, future exposure discount, centrally cleared positions, central clearing, clearing member defaults, clearinghouse, variation margin, daily volatility, risk mutualization, discount factor, independent variable, tools of credit protection, reproducible test, credit default swaps, CDS, index CDS, unpaid premiums, portfolio risk, fixed downside risk, interest rate swap, LIBOR, swap rate, market-standard discount rate, CDS protection, index reference entity, volatility, jump-to-default risk, single-name CDS, risk factor multiplier, high yield credit swaps, investment-grade credit swaps, credit spreads, credit ratings, investment grade, non-investment grade, margin methodologies, bank capital standards, Chicago mercantile exchange, CME, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc., FINRA, multiplier, spread bank designation, swap underlier, swaptions, options on a swap, physically settled swaptions, cash settled swaptions, option expiration date, Form PF, delta weighting, Financial Stability Oversight Council, large private fund, smaller private fund, Form PQR, MSP definitions, Proposed Form PF section 1b, question 11, question 27, proposed form PF section 2(a), question 38, proposed form PF section 3, question 47, proposed form PF section 4, question 68, proposed Form PQR, schedule B, question 5, substantial counterparty exposure, MSP test, substantial position, undiversified market participant, counterparty exposure, systemically important financial institution, commercial hedging, index derivatives, commercial loans, mitigating commercial risk, threshold levels, dealers, uncollateralized exposure, potential systemic risk impact, inflation, upward adjustment, U.S. banking system, highly leveraged, liabilities to equity, asset mix, liquidity, liquidity rights, capital markets, secured debt, unsecured debt, short-term leverage, overnight borrowing, short-term financing, highly liquid assets, US Treasuries, longer-term leverage, term borrowings, risk factor multipliers, high-grade corporate securities, FSOC, hedge funds, eligible contract participant, ECP, non-ECP, financial counterparty, traditional commodity pool, Retail Forex Pool, SD obligations, retail cash, currency based institutions, limited purpose designations, minimum duration of status, quarters, deregistration period, reevaluation period, abnormal price movement, applicable MSP thresholds, master-feeder fund, feeder fund, trading entity, MSP determination, Senator Hagan, Senator Lincoln, creditworthiness, know your counterparty requirements, daily mark requirements, trade verification, acknowledgment requirements, fund domicile, manager domicile, reference entity domicile, market location, underlying instrument, counterparty domicile, US entities, non-US entities, non-US domiciled fund, non-US securities, non-U.S. market, offshore fund, non-U.S. regulators.,