MFA Comment Letters

Topic: Long Term Capital Management

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 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 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 […]

MFA Comments to the “Over-the-Counter Derivatives Markets Act of 2009”11.09.09


MFA submitted a letter to the Department of the Treasury regarding the Obama administration’s legislative proposal titled the “Over-the-Counter Derivatives […]

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Topics: Department of the Treasury Obama Administration, regulatory framework, over-the-counter derivatives, OTC derivatives, institutional investors, commodity, securities market, OTC derivatives market, derivatives transactions, central clearinghouse, segregation, initial margin, variation margin, trade and position reporting, swap dealers, securities dealers, Major Swap Participant, AIG, end-users, substantial net position, substantial unsecured net position, AAA credit rating, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, CFTC, security-based swaps, dealers, credit risk, insurance companies, energy companies, airline, utilities, private funds, local governmental entities, non-dealer entities, capital restrictions, swap market participant, Long Term Capital Management, Enron Corporation, thrift and insurance holding company, American International Group, unsecured current credit exposure, central clearing, derivatives clearing organizations, proprietary assets, legacy standardized swaps, non-clearable trade, Gary Gensler, Lehman Brothers, LBIE, collateral segregation, bankruptcy-remote, Bankruptcy Code, risk management, Pension Funds, endowments, hedge funds, custodian, ISDA product definitions, registered derivatives clearing organization, non-cleared swap transactions, exchange trading, hybrid market, exchange-traded products, market manipulation, position limits, physically-delivered commodities, cash-settled contracts, pre-merger notification regime, capital formation,

MFA Comments in Response to the IOSCO Consultation Report on Hedge Funds Oversight04.30.09


MFA submitted a written response to the IOSCO Consultation Report on Hedge Funds Oversight. MFA’s comments focused on four key […]

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Topics: Technical Committee of the Internationl Organization of Securities Comissions IOSCO, Hedge Funds Oversight: Consulation Report, global crisis, investor confidence, capital markets, Market Confidence, stability, hedge funds, systemic risk, market integrity, Investor Protection, regulation, private pools, capital, Task Force on Unregulated Financial Entities, standardized disclosures, minimum capital requirements, liquidity, price efficiency, global integration, counter-cyclical force, buyers, distressed assets, sellers, selling short, equities, pension plans, endowments, European Commission, EC, alternative investment fund managers, prime brokers, residential mortgage lending, Lehman Brothers, mutual fund, banking, Financial Research Corp. counterparties, Long Term Capital Management, Lord Adair Turner, U.K. Financial Services Authority, FSA, diligence process, Anti-Fraud Provisions, securities laws, transparency, customer collateral, performance compensation, advisory relationships, high-water mark, management fee, insider trading, MFA's Sound Practices for Hedge Fund Managers, over-the-counter derivatives, credit default swaps, CDS, absolute return, Operations Management Group, OMG, Commission Bancaire of France, bilateral solutions, business-process objectives, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, equity derivative confirmations, centralized clearing, clearinghouse platforms, President's Working Group's Asset Managers' Committee, Alternative Investment Management Association, Hedge Fund Standards Board, Financial Stability Forum, best practices, public disclosure, proprietary information, moral hazards, orderly dissolution, Rulemaking, G-20, OTC derivatives, Federal Reserve Bank of New York,

MFA Submits Comment Letter to FSA Regarding Discussion Paper “Hedge funds: A discussion of risk and regulatory engagement”10.28.05


MFA Comment Letter to UK’s FSA re: Discussion Paper on Hedge Funds

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Topics: Financial Services Authority FSA, hedge funds, risk, regulatory oversight, alternative investment industry, United Kingdom, fund of funds, managed futures funds, hedge fund industry, assets under management, AUM, United States, Canada, New York, London, Delaware, soft commission, short selling, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, hedge fund adviser, Roel Campos, hedge fund managers, market participants, self-regulatory organization, SRO, regulatory framework, offshore, regulatory arbitrage, liquidity, valuation, derivatives, derivatives transactions, Fraud, implications of the growth of hedge funds, MFA's Sound Practices for Hedge Fund Managers, MFA's 2005 Sound Practices, AIMA, Alternative Investment Management Association, internal trading controls, investors, Transactional Practices, single-manager hedge funds, President's Working Group on Financial Markets, PWG, Sound Practices, risk management, internal controls, segregation, collateral, Department of the Treasury, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Ben Bernanke, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, CFTC, Guide to Sound Practices for European Hedge Fund Managers, industry-led initiatives, counterparty risk management policy, Policy Makers, pooled investment vehicle, private equity, venture capital, real estate funds, bank, investment bank, private funds, retail funds, sophisticated investors, net worth, due diligence, absolute return strategies, S&P 500, FTSE-250, Long Term Capital Management, financial instrument, leverage, global financial marketplace, market risk, credit risk, liquidity risk, risk position, portfolio manager, stress testing, cash management, Cash Flow, drawdown, Redemption, counterparties, International Organization of Securities Commissions, IOSCO, hedge fund administrator, GAAP, generally accepted accounting principles, Fair Value, net asset value, NAV, illiquidity, hard-to-value, side pockets, absolute return, Portfolio Diversification, institutional investors, high net worth requirements, price discovery, Absolute Return Magazine, Robert Jaeger, operational risk, disclosures, Greenwich Roundtable, credit derivatives, derivatives markets, International Swaps and Dealers Association, ISDA, novation protocol, dealers, novations, trade associations, Office of Risk Assessment, compliance burden,
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