MFA Comment Letters

Topic: portfolio manager

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,

MFA Comments to SEC on Pay to Play Proposal10.06.09


MFA submitted a letter to the SEC today in response to its proposal to, among other things, restrict political contributions […]

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Topics: Securities and Exchange Commission SEC, pay to play practices, government assets, political contributions, investment adviser, investment management services, government entities, third party placement agents, municipal securities, Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, MSRB, investment management industry, municipal underwritings, municipal securities underwriters, municipal securities professional, chief compliance officer, American Bar Association, Committee on Federal Regulation of the American Bar Association, state and local entities, legal authorities, compliance burden, agency, authority, instrumentality of the State, plan, program, pool of assets, political action committee, inauguration or transition committee, local or state political party, Foundation, charitable institution, government official, Regulators, covered associates, general partner, executive officer, Broker, Dealer, municipal securities business, municipal securities representative, municipal securities principals, sales principals, principal business unit, look-back provision, look-back period, securities firms, academic institutions, chilling effect, soliciting, personal political activities, beneficial owners, family members of covered associates, portfolio manager, written compliance policies and procedures, pre-approval procedures, disproportionately severe punishment, private fund, limited partnership, redemption rights, public pension plans, interest, contractual rights and obligations, management fees, liquidity, fund assets, redemption requests, investment services, fiduciary duty, assets, compensation arrangements, institutional investor, incentive fee structure, backward-looking provisions, operational challenges, compliance procedures, pooled investment vehicle, de minimi exception, returned contribution, Inadvertent Violation, inadvertent contribution, covered investment pool, registered investment companies, publicly offered securities, fund of funds, direct investment, platform arrangement, direct investors, third party placement agent, pension, third party solicitors, placement agent, hedge fund managers, hedge funds, offshore managers, marketing activities, broker-dealer, requests for proposals, due diligence, investment advisory services, investment techniques, investment objectives, risk management, anti-competitive effects, California Public Employees' Retirement System, CalPERS, CalSTRS, Los Angeles County Employees' Retirement System, Los Angeles City Employees' Retirement System, New Mexico Educational Retirement Board, Teacher Retirement System of Texas, Pennsylvania Public School Employees' Retirement System, Pennsylvania State Employment Retirement System, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Washington, New York State Common Retirement Fund, New York City Employees' Retirement System, New Mexico Investment Council, New York, Illinois, pay to play scandals, Disclosure, transparency, state and federal laws, regulations, registration, cash solicitation, Wall St. Journal, code of ethics rule, compliance costs, Form ADV, registered investment adviser, unregistered adviser, pre-approval policies, affiliated broker-dealer,

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,

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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