MFA Comment Letters

Topic: Financial Stability Oversight Council

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 Submits Comments on CFTC Concept Release on Risk Controls and System Safeguards for Automated Trading Environments12.11.13


MFA submitted comments to the CFTC regarding a concept release on risk controls and system safeguards for automated trading environments.  […]

MFA Submits Letter and White Paper on Protection of Non-Public, Sensitive, and Proprietary Information by FSOC Members05.22.13


MFA submitted a cover letter and white paper to each member of the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) on the […]

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Topics: FSOC Financial Stability Oversight Council, market structure, SEC, CFTC, CTA, CPO, Securities and Exchange Commission, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Dodd-Frank Act, market participants, financial stability, Managed Funds Association, Department of the Treasury, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, FDIC, Federal Housing Finance Agency, National Credit Union Administration, Office of Financial Research, Federal Insurance Office, data collection, research, trade sectrets, liquidation, investment advisers, Richard H. Baker, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services, data repositories, Trading Activities, harmonization, U.S. securities law, commodity pool operator, commodity trading advisor, self-regulatory organization, SRO, intermediary, broker-dealer, futures commission merchants, FCM, swap data repository, SDR, clearinghouses, systemic risk, Form PF, Form CPO-PQR, Form CTA-PR, registered investment adviser, adviser registration, substituted compliance, confidentiality, inspector general reports, Reverse Engineered, Trade Secrets, front running, SEC Office of Inspector General, Andrei Kirilenko, Adam Clark-Joseph, Jaksa Cvitanic, high frequency trading, National Institute of Standards and Technology, NIST, reporting, President Obama, information security program, Rulemaking, Council of Inspectors General on Financial Oversight, CIGFO, Security-Based Swap Data Repositories, SBSDR, Designated Clearing Organizations, DCO, Richard A. Shilts, legal entity identifiers,

MFA Submits White Paper to European Commission on Shadow Banking06.01.12


On June 1, MFA submitted a white paper on hedge funds and shadow banking in response to the European Commission’s […]

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Topics: European Commission European Union, EU, Green Paper "Shadow Banking", shadow banking, shadow banking system, systemic risk, Background Note, Background Note "Shadow Banking: Scoping the Issues", Financial Stability Board, FSB, hedge fund industry, credit hedge funds, leverage, investor, counterparties, regulatory framework, regulatory arbitrage, financial industries, mutual funds, banks, financial market, investment strategies, asset classes, liquidity transformation, maturity transformation, risk analysis, liquidity protections, liquidity, equity investors, financial institutions, demand deposit accounts, collateral, margin, deposit-like characteristics, redemption terms, secured borrowings, direct lending, direct loan market, AIFMD, Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive, Dodd-Frank Act, Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, originator, derivative transactions, total return swaps, secured financing, credit intermediation, non-bank financial insitutions, bank-like activities, maturity tra, G20, nonbank credit intermediation, hedge fund counterparties, broker-dealer, risk management, hidden leverage, bank-like regulation, assets under management, AUM, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, state securities regulators, regulatory assets under management, RAUM, U.S. Securities Laws, chief compliance officer, hedge fund managers, Form ADV, investment advisers, Form PF, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, CFTC, Financial Stability Oversight Council, FSOC, commodity futures contracts, swaps, commodity pool, commodity trading advisor, CTA, over-the-counter derivatives, OTC derivatives, central clearing, derivatives, segregation, transparency, major swap participants, swap dealers, derivatives market, Office of Financial Research, OFR, systemically important financial institution, SIFI, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Fed, prudential regulation, Doug Elliott, Brookings Institution, absolute risk, Volcker Rule, Long Term Capital Management, "too big to fail, government insurance, market based regulations, House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, private equity, venture capital funds, property-casualty insurance, mutual funds management, money market funds, public company equity securities, institutional investment manager, insider trading, Department of the Treasury, Bureau of Economic Analysis, EU Member State, MiFID, Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, European Market Infrastructure Regulation, EMIR, Investment Company Institute, ICI, United Kingdom, counter-cyclical, creditor, taxpayer, sophisticated investors, instant liquidity funds, discount windows, gates, lock-up periods, side pockets, Financial Services Authority, FSA, uncollateralized loans, initial margin, variation margin, asset-backed commercial paper conduits, ABCP conduits, structured investment vehicles, SIV, Columbia University, leverage ratio, Lord Adair Turner, Hedge Fund Research, asset-backed securities, corporate bonds, government bonds, small and medium-sized enterprises, SME, leveraged loan markets, quantitative strategies, credit arbitrage strategies, fundamental credit analysis, distressed restructuring strategies, fixed income instruments, bankruptcy, private issue/Regulation D strategies, Regulation D, private investment in public equity, PIPE, relative value, pricing discrepancy, fixed income - asset backed, loans, credit cards, receivables, real estate, tangible financial commitments, fixed income - convertible arbitrage, convertible arbitrage, fixed income - corporate, corporate fixed income instrument, relative value - multi-strategies, Master Limited Partnership,

Comment Letter to FSOC on Proposed Rules and Related Guidance on the Criteria for Designating Systemically Significant Nonbank Financial Institutions12.19.11


MFA submitted a comment letter to the Financial Stability Oversight Council regarding proposed rules to designate nonbank financial companies as […]

Comment Letter on Joint Release Regarding Reporting by Investment Advisors to Private Funds and Certain Commodity Pool Operators and Commodity Trading Advisors on Form PF04.08.11


MFA filed a comment letter with the SEC and CFTC in response to their joint proposal to require private fund […]

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Topics: private funds commodity pool operators, commodity trading advisors, Form PF, systemic risk, Financial Stability Oversight Council, market participants, managed futures, absolute return strategies, SEC, CFTC, Dodd-Frank Act, Council and Office of Financial Research, OFR, global regulators, overcounting, undercounting, threshold for enhanced performance, assets under management, reporting period, confidentiality protections, inadvertent disclosure, non-bank financial companies, lending institutions, interconnectedness, liquidity risk, maturity mismatch, regulatory scrutiny, systemically significant, Federal Reserve System, the Fed, Form CPO, Form PQR, Form CTA-PR, targeted requests, tiered reporting system, threshold, trading and investment strategies, borrowing arrangements, collateral practices, operational capabilities, illiquid assets, investment advisers, bespoke contracts, private equity, privately issued convertible bonds, equity derivatives, distressed debt, unaffiliated third party sources, generally accepted accounting principles, GAAP, Level 2 inputs, Level 3 inputs, Financial Accounting Standards Board, audited financial statements, UK Financial Services Authority, FSA, Form 13F, public companies, Form 10-K, Form 10-Q, portfolio management, CUSIP number, semi-annual reporting, counterparty exposures, market noise, short-term market fluctuations, margin requirements, hedge fund defaults, large private fund manager, qualifying fund, hedge fund assets under management, Form ADV, proposed reporting thresholds, interpretive guidance, private fund managers, recordkeeping requirements, section 404, confidentiality of information, proprietary information, Investment Adviser Registration Depository, Schedule 13G, individual certification, valuation methodology, proprietary methodology, alternative methodology, de minimis, master-feeder, parallel funds, equity prices, interest rates, currency rates, Form PF question 36, form PF questions 28 and 35, funds of funds, direct investments, aggregate gross asset value, collateral, operational efficiency, ten-year option, five-year option, master agreement, regulatory assets under management, net assets under management, leverage, parallel managed accounts, net asset value, gross asset value, creditor, net borrowings, aggregate borrowings, beneficial owners, record owners, fixed advisory fees, investment expenses, performance fees, inception class, statistical arbitrage-equity, other quantitative strategies, strategy exposure, risk capital allocation, NAV, futures commission merchants, FCMs, direct clearing members, DCMs, prime brokers, clause (iii), loan commitments, offsetting exposure, tri-party collateral accounts, market value, asset-backed securities, debt securities, swap contracts, futures contracts, foreign currency contracts, notional value of derivatives, notional amount, long positions, short positions, LMV, SMV, maturity brackets, short-term interest rate, DV01, CR01, duration, non-rated issues, short term high quality corporate debt, foreign exchange derivatives, turnover rate, GMV, Bloomberg, risk methodology, repos, sensitivity analyses, liquidity management, balance sheet value, delta adjusted, variation margin, equity exposure, rehypothecated initial margin, CCPs, central clearing counterparties, Value at Risk, VaR, CDS, CDX, default rates, corporate bonds, short borrowing, synthetic borrowing, uncommitted lines of credit, side pocket arrangement,

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.,

Comment Letter Regarding SEC Study on the Whether the Establishment of a Self-Regulatory Organization Would Improve the Frequency of Examinations of Investment Advisers12.16.10


MFA submitted a letter today providing comments to the SEC on Section 914 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which requires the […]

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Topics: investment adviser examination self-regulatory organization, SRO, securities market, hedge fund managers, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, Commodities Futures Trading Commission, CFTC, private fund manager, capital formation, broker dealers, oversight, derivative, derivatives trading activities, investment activity, insider trading, short selling, Disclosure, purchase, sale, nregistered securities, broker-dealer, clearing agencies, over-the-counter derivatives, OTC derivatives, swap dealers, swaps, major swap participants, msp, initial margin, variation margin, transparency, Transaction Reporting, systemic risk, assets under management, leverage, trading positions, counterparties, liquidation, Investor Protection, Compliance Policies, chief compliance officer, Obama Administration's Financial Regulatory Reform Proposals, Committee on Financial Services, U.S. House of Representatives, Department of Labor, Department of the Treasury, National Association of Securities Dealers, NASD, over-the-counter securities markets, Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, OCIE, forensic accounting, compliance, registration, check-the-box, fiduciary duty, securities transactions, investment advisory firm, financial planners, traditional asset management firm, wealth managers, small advisers, mutual fund, pension, FINRA, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, clearing, custody, securities lending, reporting, Financial Stability Oversight Council, FSOC, Investment Adviser Association and National Regulatory Services, Dodd-Frank Act,