MFA Comment Letters

Topic: exchange trading

Comment Letter to SEC and CFTC on Proposed Rules Defining ‘Swap,’ ‘Security-Based Swap,’ and ‘Security-Based Swap Agreement,’ and Guidance on Mixed Swaps and Security-Based Swap Agreement Recordkeeping07.22.11


MFA submitted comments to the SEC and CFTC in response to their request for comments on their proposal on the […]

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Topics: Commodity Futures Trading Commission CFTC, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, further definitions of swap, Security-Based Swap, security-based swap agreement, mixed swaps, security-based swap agreement recordkeeping, forward contract exclusion, commodities, 1993 energy exemption, loan participants, OTC derivatives, systemic risk, book-out contracts, market participants, nonfinancial commodity, security, deferred shipment, delivery, physically settled, physical commodity, energy commodities, oil, alternative delivery procedures, loan participations, direct or indirect ownership, beneficial ownership interest, true participation, Federal Securities Laws, netting, loan markets, participation agreements, assignment and assumption agreements, grantor, participant, Loan Syndications and Trading Association, LSTA, loan market association, LMA, lender of record, loan agreement, loan payments, true sale, bankruptcy estate, current debtor-creditor relationship, true participants, loan total return swaps, total return receiver, total return payer, reference loan, synthetic exposure, loan transfer mechanism, primary loan markets, secondary loan markets, exchange trading, central clearing, capital, margin, reporting, recordkeeping, business conduct requirements, eligible contract participants, material non-public information, private market, antifraud liabilities, loan arrangers, alternative transfer structure, syndicated loan market, institutional investors, liquidity, U.S. domiciled counterparties, non-U.S. counterparties,

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,

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,

MFA Comments to the “Over-the-Counter Derivatives Markets Act of 2009”11.09.09


MFA submitted a letter to the Department of the Treasury regarding the Obama administration’s legislative proposal titled the “Over-the-Counter Derivatives […]

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Topics: Department of the Treasury Obama Administration, regulatory framework, over-the-counter derivatives, OTC derivatives, institutional investors, commodity, securities market, OTC derivatives market, derivatives transactions, central clearinghouse, segregation, initial margin, variation margin, trade and position reporting, swap dealers, securities dealers, Major Swap Participant, AIG, end-users, substantial net position, substantial unsecured net position, AAA credit rating, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, CFTC, security-based swaps, dealers, credit risk, insurance companies, energy companies, airline, utilities, private funds, local governmental entities, non-dealer entities, capital restrictions, swap market participant, Long Term Capital Management, Enron Corporation, thrift and insurance holding company, American International Group, unsecured current credit exposure, central clearing, derivatives clearing organizations, proprietary assets, legacy standardized swaps, non-clearable trade, Gary Gensler, Lehman Brothers, LBIE, collateral segregation, bankruptcy-remote, Bankruptcy Code, risk management, Pension Funds, endowments, hedge funds, custodian, ISDA product definitions, registered derivatives clearing organization, non-cleared swap transactions, exchange trading, hybrid market, exchange-traded products, market manipulation, position limits, physically-delivered commodities, cash-settled contracts, pre-merger notification regime, capital formation,

MFA Comments on Consultation on Increasing Short Position Transparency10.09.09


MFA submitted a letter to the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) today in response to its Consultation Paper […]

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Topics: Securities and Futures Commission SFC, short positions, Hong Kong, manipulative conduct, short selling, efficiency, liquidity, public disclosure of short positions, price discovery, risk management, financial stocks, net long position, financial services sector, non-public disclosure, confidentiality, market participants, anonymised disclosure, short selling bans, global equity markets, bid-ask spreads, short sellers, short selling disclosure regime, transparency, cash markets, close out indicators, on-market transactions, derivatives, exchange trading, off-exchange transaction, hedging strategies, stocks, delta adjusted, designated securities, listed corporations, non-designated securities, OTC transaction, dual-listed securities, CESR, pan-European short selling disclosure regime, primary market, Hong Kong market, net short positions, transitory short position, reporting threshold, FSA, Financial Services Authority, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, turnover ratio, price volatility, capital raising, settlement, SEHK, market volatility, investment managers, private reporting, chilling effect, market efficiency, price formation, short squeeze, herding, volatility, institutional investors, retail investors, transaction costs, alternative investment classes, pensions, endowments, foundations, market liquidity, capital formation, convertible arbitrage, convertible bonds, copycat behavior, proprietary research, market making, Journal of Finance,
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