MFA Comment Letters

Topic: insurance companies

Comment Letter on IOSCO’s Consultation Report on ‘Regulatory Issues Raised by the Impact of Technological Changes on Market Integrity and Efficiency,’08.12.11


MFA submitted comments to IOSCO on its consultation report on Regulatory Issues Raised by the Impact of Technological Changes on […]

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Topics: Mr. Werner Bijkerk International Organization of Securities Commissions, Spain, Technical Committee of the International Organization of Securities Commissions, OSCO, Regulatory Issues Raised by the Impact of Technological Change on Market Integrity and Efficiency, Consultation Report, high frequency trading, HFT, market trends, technological developments, institutional investors, pensions, endowments, foundations, insurance companies, market liquidity, Economic Growth, market efficiencies, market access, market information, transaction fees, order execution, Technical Committee, empirical data, algorithmic trading, trading strategies, Gomber, Arndt, Lutat, Uhle, transaction delivery, Peter Gomber, electronic markets, computer programs, monopolies, proprietary, investment time horizons, low latency, broker dealers, sponsored access, spreads, fees, execution speed, market depth, efficiency, transparency, pricing reliability, TAGG Group, fixed commission rates, Schwab, E-Trade, Fidelity, TD Ameritrade, passive, long-term, mutual funds, algorithms, proprietary trading tools, executing brokers, third party vendors, buy-side brokers, fiduciary obligation, educational campaigns, Flash Crash of May 6, 2010, flash crash, market dislocations, Dow Jones Industrial Average, Market Break of 1962, Securities Exchange Commission, SEC, 1963 Special Study of the Securities Markets, 1963 Special Study, New York Stock Exchange, dark pools, wait-and-see, single-stock circuit breakers, CFTC, Joint Advisory Committee on Emerging Regulatory Issues, bid-ask spreads, Thomson, NBBO, Barclays Capital Equity Research, EU, Japan, Germany, UK, France, Nasdaq, Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, LaBranche, Barclays Plc., institutional investor, Financial Crisis of 2008, Rosenblatt Securities, AIG, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Washington Mutual, Market Crash of 1987, intermediary firm, DEA, circuit breakers, limit-up/limit-down systems, erroneous trades, Elizabeth Murphy, Joint Industry Limit Up-Limit Down Proposal, two-sided displayed quotes, oversight, affirmative stock locate framework, ETFs, quote stuffing, order-to-trade ratios, co-location services, standardize disclosure, connectivity, TABB Group, effective spreads in European equities, Division of Risk, Strategy and Innovation memorandum, threshold securities, National Securities Clearing Corporation, NSCC, Office of Markets in the Division of Risk, Strategy and Financial Innovation,

Comment Letter Responding to FSB’s Background Note, ‘Shadow Banking: Scoping the Issues’05.16.11


MFA submitted a comment letter in response to the FSBs Background Note on Shadow Banking. In our letter, we discussed […]

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Topics: Financial Stability Board Shadow Banking: Scoping the Issues, shadow banking system, banks, broker dealers, Background Note, hedge fund industry, concentration of assets, low leverage, borrowing arrangements, derivatives contracts, stable capital, regulation, credit intermediation chain, Distribution/Wholesale Funding, non-bank institutional investors, long-only mutual funds, insurance companies, Pension Funds, private equity funds, large corporate investors, systemic risk concerns, maturity transformation, liquidity transformation, individual adviser, hedge fund adviser, asset concentration, asset management structures, interconnectedness of hedge funds, systemic impact of hedge funds, The UK Financial Services Authority, FSA, legal separation of different funds, bank holding companies, nonbank financial institutions, secured borrowings, manage liquidity risk, investors, bank/broker counterparts, secured basis, short term liability, repo liabilities, ABCP conduits, mutual funds, collateral, margining process, haircuts, initial margin, mark-to market margining, repo sellers, repo collateral, highly leveraged financial institutions, hedge fund borrowings, Long Term Capital Management, LTCM, U.S. President's Working Group on Financial Markets, counterparty risk management, Counterparty Risk Management Policy Group, hedge fund leverage, regulatory arbitrage, regulatory arbitrage concerns, off-balance sheet vehicles, direct regulation of entities, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, macro-prudential approach,

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,

Comment Letter on Proposed Rulemaking for Systemically Significant Institutions02.25.11


MFA submitted a letter to the Financial Stability Oversight Council in response to the Councils proposed rule regarding the criteria […]

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,