MFA Comment Letters

Topic: international harmonization of regulations

MFA Submits Comments on Basel-IOSCO Second Consultative Document on Margin Requirements for Uncleared Derivatives03.15.13


MFA submitted a comment letter to the Working Group on Margining Requirements (WGMR) of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision […]

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 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 Straight-Through-Processing08.05.12


On August 5, MFA submitted a comment letter to the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) to advocate for the […]

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Topics: ESMA European Securities and Markets Authority, OTC derivatives, CCP, trade repositories, straight-through processing, regulatory technical standards, EMIR, over-the-counter derivatives, derivatives, European Parliament, Council of the European Union, OTC derivatives transactions, central counterparty, systemic risk, counterparty credit risk, credit risk, market access, efficiency, operational market processes, clearing, execution, executing counterparty, market participants, clearing obligation, documentation, clearing member, interest rate swap, credit default swap, CDS, CME, Chicago mercantile exchange, alternative liquidity providers, liquidity, risk, electronic trading, bilateral derivatives transactions, bilateral master agreements, risk management, real-time processing, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, CFTC, Designated Contract Market, DCM, Swap Execution Facility, SEF, execution platform, Allocations, cost-benefit analysis, European Union, EU, ESMA Task Forces, transparency, OTC Derivatives Task Force, CCP Requirements Task Force, Trade Repositories Task Force, derivatives transactions, international harmonization of regulations, Financial Stability Board, FSB, European Commission, delegated acts, customer clearing documentation, directive, due diligence, operational risk, Court of Justice of the European Union, Continental Cans, EU Member State, Commission v. Council ERTA, financial stability, Christopher Seagon v. Deko Marty Belgium NV, clearing agreement, financial system, United States, Dodd-Frank Act, real-time acceptance, competition, settlement, liquidity fragmentation, central limit order books, International Swaps and Dealers Association, ISDA, bid-ask spread, limit check, trading venues, credit intermediation, derivatives markets, bilateral risk management, volatility, derivatives clearing organization, DCO, swap dealer, Major Swap Participant, dealer-to-dealer clearing, dealer-to-customer platforms, mandatory clearing, clearinghouse, bilateral credit agreement, bilateral market, competitive liquidity, block transactions, investment managers, breakage, Futures Industry Association, FIA, trading desk, anti-competitive effects, ICE energy swaps, ICE Clear Credit LLC, LCH Clearnet, clearing acceptance process, trilateral documentation, designation notice, Managed Funds Association, bundled trade, futures, futures market, credit limit order bookc, credit limit, interconnectedness, dealers, real economy, pension fund, endowments, institutional investors, Liquidity Providers, trilateral clearing agreements, energy derivatives, technical standards, voice execution, matched transactions, direct clearing members, credit limits, risk-based, latency, transaction capture facility, anti-competitive restrictions, aggregate limit, underlying clients,

MFA Submits Comments to European Supervisory Authorities in Response to Joint Discussion Paper on Risk Mitigation Techniques04.02.12


MFA submitted a comment letter to the European Supervisory Authorities in response to their Discussion Paper on Draft Regulatory Technical […]

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Topics: Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities European Securities and Markets Authority, ESMA, European Supervisory Authorities, ESA, European Union, EU, over-the-counter derivatives, OTC derivatives, central clearing, risk-based margin requirements, risk mitigation techniques, European Banking Authority, European Insurance and Occupational Pension Authority, European Commission, liquidity, segregation regime, initial margin, posting party, receiving party, bankruptcy-remote, prudentially regulated financial counterparties, PRFC, segregation, netting, margin, investment firms, credit institutions, insurance undertakings, assurance undertakings, reinsurance undertakings, institutions for occupational retirement provision, non-cleared derivative contracts, hedging, prudential regulators, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, CFTC, counterparty credit risk, bilateral initial margin arrangements, variation margin, capital, derivatives markets, net margin, best practices, collateralization, non-cleared OTC derivatives, over-collateralization, highly correlated assets, credit default swap, CDS, interest rate swap, Eurodollar futures, physically-settling forwards, repurchase agreements, security lending agreements, intraday change, segregation of counterparty assets, NPRFC, non-prudentially regulated financial counterparties, NFCs+, non financial counterparties above the clearing threshold, non-cleared derivatives, buy-side firms, asymmetry, current market practice, perceived systemic relevance, systemic importance, uncollateralized, exposures, credit exposure, Basel rules, uniformity of application, due diligence, Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, Basel II, Basel III, creditworthiness, regulatory arbitrage, major swap participants, deep and liquid markets, substantial position in swaps, substantial counterparty exposure, international harmonization of regulations, bilateral exchange, market transparency, covered swap entities, de minimi exception, mark-to-market, standardized method, internal models, competitive advantages, discriminatory distortions, internal model method, legally required transparency, incremental compliance costs, segregated account, independent third party custodian, insolvency estate, tri-party custodial arrangements, bilateral arrangements, non-financial assets, eligible collateral, revaluation, haircuts, EMIR, margin calculations, daily valuation of collateral, dispute resolution procedures, party-specific variables,

MFA Submits Comments to the Monetary Authority of Singapore on Proposed Regulations on OTC Derivatives03.26.12


MFA submitted a comment letter to the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) in response to its Consultation Paper on Proposed […]

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Topics: Monetary Authority of Singapore MAS, OTC derivatives, over-the-counter derivatives, Consultation Paper on Proposed Regulation of OTC Derivatives, G20, OTC derivatives market, systemic risk, efficient capital flows, mandary clearing, clearing, bilateral market, risk management, derivatives transactions, trading mandate, liquid and standardized transactions, client access to clearing, clearing arrangements, margin methodologies, straight-through processing, central clearing, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, CFTC, Gary Gensler, Securities and Exchange Commission, Mary Schapiro, market participants, central counterparty, CCP, average notional value, clearing threshold, buy-side clearing, U.S. Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Dodd-Frank Act, backloading, Financial Stability Board, FSB, international harmonization of regulations, swaps, European Union, EU, European Commission, ESMA, legal entity identifiers, confidentiality, transaction data, counterparty identification, customized and proprietary investment strategies, intellectual property, International Organization of Securities Commissions, IOSCO, foreign regulator, financial entities, non-financial entities, Singapore, Form PF, margin requirements, netting, trading costs, aggregate counterparty credit risk, settlement risk, commercial banks, dealers, money changers, registered insurers, non-centrally cleared derivatives transactions, margin determinations, liquidation horizons, fragmentation of liquidity, clearing house, counterparty risk, recognized clearing houses, clearing facilities, real-time processing, barriers to entry, non-dealer client representation, risk committees, G20 commitments, regulatory regime, duplicative regulation, U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry, trade repositories, Securities and Futures Commission, Honk Kong Monetary Authority,

MFA Submits Comments to ESMA in Response to Draft Technical Standards on OTC Derivatives, CCPs and Trade Repositories03.19.12


MFA submitted a comment letter to the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) in response to its Discussion Paper on […]

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Topics: OTC derivatives European Securities and Markets Authority, ESMA, EMIR, European Union, EU, over-the-counter derivatives, central clearing, counterparty and operational risk, market oversight, market integrity, systemic risk, derivatives market, OTC derivatives market, ESMA Discussion Paper on Draft Technical Stanards for the Regulation on OTC Derivatives CCPs and Trade Repositories, central counterparty, CCP, risk management expertise, straight-through processing, CCPs governance structure, clearing, competitive execution, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, CFTC, execution platform, alternative liquidity providers, electronic trading, real-time processing, international harmonization of regulations, client clearing models, third country counterparities, clearing obligation, extraterritorial application of EMIR, fund domicile, manager domicile, reference entity domicile, market location, reference security, underlying instrument, third country entities, principal of business, foreign exchange derivatives, interest rate derivatives, Euro, EU member currency, settlement currency, notional amount, indirect contractual arrangements, Cayman Islands, American Depository Receipt, ADR, Hong Kong, segregation, portability, indirect clearing models, guarantor, credit intermediary, execution documentation, credit intermediation, FIA-ISDA Cleared Derivatives Execution Agreement, futures commission merchant, FCM, swap dealer, SD, sublimit, Futures Industry Association, FIA, International Swap Derivatives Association, ISDA, clearing member, counterparty credit risk, indirect clearing, executing counterparty, back-to-back arrangements, trade acknowledgment, Dodd-Frank Act, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, security-based swaps, bespoke and customized transactions, electronically processed, CCP governance arragements, chief risk officer, chief technology officer, chief compliance officer, sound governance requirements, non-dealer representatives, risk committees, CCP committee, CCP Board, conflicts of interest, disclosure requirements, clients, record keeping, privacy and confidentiality of information, confidentiality agreements, CCP's margin models, confidence interval, liquidation period, lookback period, margin levels, margin requirements, technical standards, stress tesing, back testing, CCP data, non-default clearing members, clearing members, default, aggregation, public dissemination of information, transaction volumes, reasonably liquid traded instruments, confidentiality of counterparty identities, disclosure thresholds,

MFA Letter to IOSCO Technical Committee Short Selling Task Force on Regulatory Approaches to Short Selling12.23.08


MFA sent a letter to the IOSCO Technical Committee Short Selling Task Force providing comments to regulatory approaches to short […]

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Topics: International Organization of Securities Commissions Technical Committee of the International Organization of Securities Commissions, Martin Wheatley, John G. Gaine, short selling, international harmonization of regulations, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, market participants, institutional investors, Florence Harmon, price discovery, market bubbles, market liquidity, liquidity, hedging, risk management, upward market manipulations, derivatives, derivatives trading, capital markets, over-the-counter derivatives, OTC derivatives, listed derivatives, convertible bond, distressed companies, "delta" hedge, capital raising, naked short selling, locate, settlement, settlement date, FINRA, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, broker-dealer, systematic disturbances, risk, closed-out, trade reconciliation, prime broker, algorithmic trading, executing brokers, registered market centers, threshold security, bid-ask spreads, uptick rule, decimal pricing, high-volume trading, sub-penny quotes, Equity Security, sell-side firms, buy-side firms, hard to borrow shares, easy to borrow shares, long positions, reconciliation, exchanges, short squeeze, pre-borrow requirement, market efficiency, Pre-borrow Emergency Order, automated systems, manual trading, securities depositaries, custodian banks, Continuous Net Settlement, CNS, European Corporate Governance Institute, Yale International Center for Finance, National Securities Clearing Corporation, NSCC, clearing brokers, artificial price movements, short sale reporting, fraudulent short selling activity, manipulative naked short selling, unintentional failures to deliver, proprietary investment strategies, OTC equity securities, short interest positions, Regulation Filing Applications, Order Audit Trail System Rules, OATS, Order Tracking System, OTS, Nasdaq-listed securities, NYSE-listed securities, NYSE, Electronic Blue Sheet system, public disclosure, pensions, endowments, foundations, headline risk, alternative investment vehicles, chilling effect, transparency, reverse engineer, money managers, aggregate basis, synthetic positions, bilateral swaps, hedge, swap,
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