MFA Comment Letters

Topic: mutual funds

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 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 Responds to ECON’s MiFID Questionnaire01.13.12


MFA submitted responses to MEP Markus Ferbers Questionnaire on MiFID/MiFAR 2, which asks for further information on certain aspects of […]

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Topics: Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee ECON, European Parliament, Questionnaire on MiFID/MiFIR 2 by Markus Ferber MEP, Markus Ferber, Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, eligible counterparties, custody, safekeeping, MiFID passport, professional clients, retail clients, equivalence, reciprocal access, regulatory capital, corporate governance rules, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, European Commission, management bodies, trading venues, corporate governance, broker crossing network, derivatives trading venues, derivatives, voice brokerage systems, alternative investment managers, alternative investment funds, broker dealers, relevant counterparties, clearing obligation, EMIR, European Market Infrastructure Regulation, central limit order book, CLOB, request for quote system, RFQ, algorithmic trading, high frequency trading, market-making activities, correlating instruments, mutual funds, arbitrage trading, high frequency/low latency, liquidity, flash crash, limit up-limit down measure, counterbalancing benefits, regulatory investigation, direct electronic access, DEA, co-location services, circuit breakers, abnormal trading conditions, confidentiality requirements, organized venues, public consultation, third country trading venues, EEA venues, reciprocal recognition, third country firms, straight-through processing, real-time registration, listed futures, listed equity derivatives, energy swaps, bilateral credit agreement, bilateral execution documentation, CCP, risk caps, SME, MTF SME, non-discriminatory access to market infrastructure, pre-trade market data, position limits, alternative arrangements, commodity derivatives, position management powers, hedging transactions, conflicts of interest, structured UCITS, non-structured UCITS, financial activity, shares, depositary receipts, exchange traded funds, ETF, broker liquidity, transparency, trading obligation, confidentiality safeguards, dark pools, approved publication arragement, APA, approved reporting mechanism, ARM, consolidated tape provider, CTP, European Supervisory Authorities, ESA, non-discriminatory access, real-time clearing, UCITS IV, packaged retail investment product, PRIP, organized trading facility, OTF, sanction,

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 Responding to FDIC’s Proposed Rules to Implement Certain Provisions of the Orderly Liquidation Authority in Title II of the Dodd-Frank Act.01.18.11


MFA filed a comment letter with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (the FDIC) in response to the FDICs proposed rules […]

MFA Comments to IRS on Application of FBAR to Private Investment Funds and Related Issues10.05.09


MFA submitted a letter to the IRS in response to IRS Notice 2009-62, which requests comments and recommendations concerning the […]

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Topics: Internal Revenue Service IRS, private investment funds, Reports of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts, FBAR, hedge funds, private equity funds, Department of the Treasury, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, FinCEN, filing obligation, foreign financial account, banks, publicly-held companies, non-public companies, chief financial officer, U.S.-based manager, Internal Revenue Code, FIRPTA, effectively connected income, financial institutions, foreign financial agencies, private sector, signatory authority, covered foreign financial account, commingled fund, Corporation, partnership, mutual funds, non-U.S. hedge fund, non-U.S. private equity fund, open-ended mutual funds, redemption terms, redemption policy, liquidity, financial accounts, New York State Bar Association, bank account, securities account, Lock-up, Tax Section of the New York State Bar Association, Neal S. Wolin, Michael Mundaca, Douglas H. Shulman, James H. Freis, third party transfers, broker-dealer, Passive Foreign Investment Companies, PFICs, PFIC shareholder filing requirements, Form 8621, Form 926, foreign corporations, Form 5471, Form 8865, U.S. tax return, Form 1065, non-U.S. hedge funds, money laundering, other authority, financial interest, master fund, hedge fund manager, Deferred Fees, hedge fund management companies, foreign prime brokerage, officer, partner, Investment Fund Managers, portfolio manager, investment officer, investment fund management company, Other Account Authority, Workbook on the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts, shareholders, investors, non-U.S. investors, primary owner, United States Person, domestic partnership, domestic corporation, domestic estate or trust, persons in and doing business in the United States, domestic taxpayers, safe harbor, U.S.-based managers,