MFA Comment Letters

Topic: federal register

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 SEC on Sequencing Roadmap for Final Title VII Rules08.13.12


MFA submitted a comment letter to the SEC in response to its Sequencing Roadmap Policy Statement on the compliance dates […]

MFA Submits Comment Letter to CFTC on Proposed Dodd-Frank Implementation Rules for Mandatory Swap Clearing, Trade Execution, and Margin Rules11.04.11


The OTC derivatives reforms (Title VII) resulting from the Dodd-Frank Act will cause sweeping transformation of the OTC derivatives markets […]

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Topics: Commodity Futures Trading Commission CFTC, swaps, swap transaction, swap transaction compliance, clearing, trade execution, margining, margining requirements, Dodd-Frank Act, mandatory clearing, Rulemaking, Gary Gensler, central clearing, market participants, buy-side participants, end-user exemptions, product definition rules, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, security-based swaps, swap dealer, Security-Based Swap Dealer, Major Swap Participant, Major Security-Based Swap Participant, collateral, full-scale clearing, uncleared swaps, liquidity, execution, Category 2 Entities, Category 1 Entities, active fund, buy-side market participants, private funds, swap execution facilities, SEF, Designated Contracts Markets, DCMs, real-time reporting, swap data, Regulators, derivatives clearing organization, futures commission merchants, FCM, non-dealer market participants, clearing mandate, G20, OTC derivatives, over-the-counter derivatives, exchanges, electronic platform, central counterparties, CCP, federal register, class of swaps, voluntary clearing, Category 3 Entities, Scott O'Malia, compliance schedules, compliance date, made available for trading, partial tear-ups, novations, third-party subaccount, non-MSP counterparties, interest rate swaps, broad-based index credit default swaps, commodity swaps, systemic risk, real-time clearing, cost-benefit analysis, price distortion, bilateral execution, execution venue, listing, security-based swap SEF, Category 4 Entities, trading documentation, phased implementation, transparency, prudential regulators, variation margin, netting, counterparties,

Comment Letter to the CFTC on its Proposed Rules on Risk Management Requirements for Derivatives Clearing Organizations03.21.11


MFA submitted a comment letter to the CFTC on its proposed rules on Risk Management Requirements for Derivatives Clearing Organizations. […]

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Topics: Commodity Futures Trading Commission CFTC, Risk Management Requirements, derivatives clearing organizations, DCO, participant eligibility, eligibility standards, fair and open access, clearing member, DCO concentration risk, diversity of market participants, competition, capital requirements, clearinghouses, swap portfolio size, transaction volume, antitrust considerations, $50 million upper limit, minimum capital requirements, net capital obligation, risk exposure, risk-based methodologies, stress and default scenarios, tiers, threshold guaranty fund contribution, direct clearing members, DCO margin methodologies, guaranty fund scaling methodologies, margin, obligations, cleared trade volumes, scaling requirements, Chicago Board of Trade, committee on payment and settlement systems and technical committee of the International Organization of Securities Commissions, CPSS-IOSCO standards, product eligibility, Designated Contract Market, DCM, Swap Execution Facility, SEF, electronic execution, connectivity, standard two-way protocols, executing counterparty, risk management, margin requirements, market liquidity, initial margin, five-day liquidation horizon, highly liquid instruments, market volatility, on-the-run 10 year interest rate swaps, initial margin requirements, excess margin, default management framework, customer initial margin, direct clearing members' initial margin, credit risk, Columbia University, leverage ratio, investment banks, hedge fund industry, non-hedge positions, product portfolio, swap portfolio, margin methodology, creditworthiness, counterparty credit assessment practices, margin calls, mark-to-market variations, volatility, bilateral trades, greater market concentration, systemic risk mitigation, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, The Turner Review, global banking crisis, margin calculation utility, effective date, phase-in period, mandatory central clearing, differentiated margining, portfolio margining, cross product margin, swaps, futures, federal register, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, ISDA, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission,

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),

MFA Letter to IRS Regarding Compliance Issues for Private Investment Funds Filing a Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts Report05.13.09


MFA submitted a letter as a follow up to its meeting on April 7 with officials from the IRS to […]

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Topics: FBAR Requirements private investment funds, Internal Revenue Service, IRS, Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts Reports, hedge funds, prior submissions, Patton Boggs LLP, Office of Chief Counsel, regulations, covered financial accounts, U.S. tax-exempt investors, master-feeder structures, domestic feeder fund, group filings, Form TD 90-22.1, cost-efficient, Fund Managers, compliance, adverse guidance, Glen Kirkland, IRS Reports Clearance Officer, OMB No. 1545-2038, limited liability companies, signature authority, taxpayer identification number, banks, publicly-traded corporations, tax-exempt organization, SRZ, Partnerships, bonds, notes, stock certificates, equity interest, John G. Gaine, Don Carbaugh, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, FinCEN, United States Department of the Treasury, William Langford, federal tax return, Form TDF 90-22.1, Detroit Computing Center of the Internal Revenue Service, private equity, domestic limited partnerships, domestic limited liability companies, flow through, brokerate accounts, foreign currencies, foreign securities, interpretive guidance, general definitions, derivatives, savings, demand, checking, deposit, mutual fund, illiquid, lock-up periods, tax forms, Form 990, Form 990-PF, Form 5500, Form 1040, schedule B, Question 7a, Form 1065, Question 9, Form 1120, Schedule N, Questioon 6a, AML program rule, pooled interest, control the disposition, Form TD F 90-22, Betty Santangelo, Nancy Rose, Carl E. Kennedy, Don Moorehead, commodity trading advisors, commodity pool operators, legislators, President's Working Group on Financial Markets, PWG, Side-by-Side Structure, board directors, filing exception, FBAR, Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, federal register,

MFA Comments to CFTC on Proposed Rulemaking on Significant Price Discovery Contracts on Exempt Commercial Markets02.10.09


MFA submitted comments to the CFTC regarding its proposed rulemaking on significant price discovery contracts on exempt commercial markets.  MFA […]

MFA Comments to SEC on FINRA Regulation of Compensation, Fees and Expenses in Public Offerings of Real Estate Investment Trusts and Direct Participation Programs06.04.08


MFA submitted a comment letter to the SEC on FINRA’s rule 2810 with respect to trail commissions along with the […]

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