MFA Comment Letters

Topic: leverage

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 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 Petitions the CFTC to Exclude Certain Employee Pools from the Definition of “Pool”08.30.12


MFA petitioned the CFTC to provide an exclusion from the definition of commodity “pool” for certain internally owned entities, including […]

MFA Submits Amicus Brief on Issue of Creditor Coordination06.29.12


On June 29, MFA filed an amicus brief in the 11th Circuit en banc review of the CompuCredit case.  At […]

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Topics: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit Compucredit Holdings Corporation v. Akanthos Capital Management LLC, Loan Syndications and Trading Association, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, SIFMA, Moses Silverman, Aidan Synnott, Daniel Crane, Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, FDIC, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Edward Altman, Brendy Kuehne, New York University Salomon Center, Stern School of Business, John Coffee Jr., William Klein, Conrad Duberstein, Tomotaka Fujita, Marcel Kahan, corporate bonds, Michael MacKenzie, Nicole Bullock, Glenn Merrick, Ali Stoeppelwerth, banks, investment banks, broker-dealer, alternative investment industry, securities firms, capital formation, chilling effect, borrowers, distressed debt, contractual relationship, interest rates, creditor, credit squeeze, credit market, bonds, secondary loan markets, institutional lender, leverage, systemic risk, Shared National Credit Review, syndicated loan market, Bondholder, maturity date, debtor, Bankruptcy Filing, Bankruptcy Code, collective action risks, capital, primary market, risk portfolio, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Judge Easterbrook, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, price-fixing, hedge funds, price competition, contract, bilateral monopoly, per se rules, par value, debt instruments, high-velocity market, low-velocity market, creditor coordination, market power, anticompetitive, competition, pre-packaged bankruptcy, Broad. Music Inc. v. Columbia Broadcasting Sys. Inc, Bus. Elecs. Corp. v. Sharp Elecs. Corp., Classic Cheesecake Co. Inc. v. JPMorgan Chase Bank NA, Falstaff Brewing Corp. v. New York Life Ins. Co., Federal Trade Commission v. Brown Shoe Co., Federal Trade Commission v. Indiana Federation of Dentists, Federal Trade Commission v. Superior Court Trial Lawyers Association, Finnegan v. Campeau Corp., United States v. Giordano, Ireland v. Craggs, Leegin Creative Leather Products Inc. v. PSKS Inc., Arizona v. Maricopa County Medical Society, Maris Distrib. Co. v. Anheuser-Busch Inc., National Collegiate Athletic Association v. Board of Regents, Northwest Wholesale Stationers Inc. v. Pacific Stationery & Printing Co., Palmyra Park Hosp. Inc. v. Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, Reisner v. General Motors Corp., Reiter v. Sonotone Corp., Sharon Steel Corp. v. Chase Manhattan Bank NA, Smith v. The Ferncliff, State Farm Mutual Auto. Ins. Co. v. Physicians Injury Care Center Inc., United States v. Topco Assocs Inc., Twin City Pipe Line Co. v. Harding Glass Co., Unijax Inc. v. Champion International Inc., United Airlines Inc. v. U.S. Bank NA, Volt Info. Scis. Inc. v. Board of Trs. of Leland Stanford Jr. University,

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,

MFA Submits Letter to IRS on Proposed Rules on Dividend Equivalent Payments04.06.12


MFA submitted a comment letter to the Internal Revenue Service on the IRS proposed rules under Section 871(m) of the […]

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Topics: Internal Revenue Service IRS, dividend equivalent, tax avoidance, market participants, contractual representations, undue market disruption, swaps, delta-one instruments, customized index, derivatives, equity linked derivatives markets, in connection with standard, in the market, crossing transactions, short-term trades, high-frequency trading, gross witholding, cascading witholding taxes, special dividends, witholding agent, FATCA, specified notional principal contracts, SNPC, outstanding positions, dividend equivalent payments, abusive practices, non-U.S. persons, out-of-the-money, equity-linked swaps, options, futures, underlying security, strike price, dividend payment, dividend swaps, long-party, short-party, future dividend flow, anti-abuse rule, delta-one, International Swaps and Dealers Association, ISDA, delta, delta one instrument, non-delta one instrument, 90-Day Rule, retested, market forces, broad-based indices, market sector, credit, leverage, trading strategies, recognized independent index publisher, options contracts, proprietary index, preferred stock, common stock, illiquid securities, derivatives transactions, private funds, public float, hedge, synthetic exposure, offsetting position, individual trade determinations, investment algorithms, compliance restrictions, long equity swap, investment fund, single strategy fund, multi-strategy fund, average daily trading volume, ADTV, public float test, Bloomberg, direct or indirect "cross", crossing, full notional amount, internal tax review system, real-time identification of offsetting positions, 30 day liquidity, Department of the Treasury, overwitholding, extraordinary dividend, Options Clearing Corporation, OCC, ordinary divident, special dividend, OTC option, options market,

MFA Response to FSA Discussion Paper on Implementation of the AIFMD03.23.12


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Topics: FSA Discussion Paper "Implementation of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive" Financial Services Authority, FSA, Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive, AIFMD, non-EU AIFM, Member State competent authorities, letter-box entity, MiFID, MiFID firm, AIFMD firm, retail customers, professional investors, remuneration provisions, CRD3 framework, functional and hierarchal independence, risk management, internationally coordinated approach to reporting, European Securities and Markets Authority, ESMA, single AIFM, family relationship, family investment vehicle, UK AIFM, preferential treatment, side letters, retail consumers, FSA Principles for Business, FCA, UCITS Directive, retail investors, EU Passport, FCA Approach Document, conflicts of interest, SYSC 10 of the FSA Handbook, remuneration guidelines, MiFID portfolio managers, tier 4 firm, FSA Remuneration Code, compliance function, audit function, proportionality principle, regulatory requirements, regulatory risks, chief compliance officer, functional and hierarchical separation, portfolio management, portfolio management personnel, interest alignment, qualitative risk limit, UCITS investors, institutional investors, leverage, NAV, third country, Final Advice on the AIFMD, third country managers, capital requirements, PII requirements, IPRU (INV), professional indemnity insurance, professional negligence, internally managed AIF, CAD-defined terms, valuation procedures, external valuer, net asset value, limited partnership, hedge funds, NAV per share, liquidity requirements, redemption terms, less than fully invested, risk/return profile, net assets under management, investor capital, Value at Risk, VaR methodology, European Central Bank, foreign exchange, interest rate risk, EUR denominated bonds, portfolio risk, hedging arragements, CESR Guidelines on Risk Management and the Calculation of Global Exposure and Coutnerparty Risk for UCITS, CDS, Advanced Method, QIS disclosure requirements, prime brokers, exchanges, swap data warehouses, Dodd-Frank Act, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, Form PF, proprietary business information, depositary, unregulated CIS, segregated account, valuation oversight duties, depositary liability, marketing, reverse solicitation process, MiFID investment services, private placement, public offers,