MFA Comment Letters

Topic: Portfolios

MFA Submits Comment Letter in Response to Basel-IOSCO’s Consultative Document on Margin Requirements for Non-Cleared Derivatives09.28.12


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

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Topics: Basel Committee on Banking Supervision International Organization of Securities Commissions, IOSCO, margin, margin requirements, non-centrally cleared derivatives transactions, Working Group on Margining Requirements, derivatives, derivatives markets, margining, clearing, market participants, central clearing, risk management, initial margin, variation margin, best practices, liquidity, mandatory clearing, bilateral exchange, buy-side firms, segregated account, custodian accounts, hedge, hedge funds, netting, eligible collateral, portfolio margining, over-collateralization, mutually offsetting transactions, margin threshold, harmonization, uniformity, non-compliance, regulatory arbitrage, market advantage, phase-in period, implementation timeline, non-cleared derivatives, regulatory authorities, foreign exchange, swaps, forwards, risk profile, market infrastructures, liquidity characteristics, currency, Denominated in G7 Currencies, G7, cleared derivatives, systemic risk, systemic importance, systemically important, systemically important non-financial firm, liquidity costs, unlevel playing field, transparency, SIFI, systemic risk level, credit, unsecured credit extension, minimum transfer amount, MTA, prudentially regulated financial counterparties, two-way margining, standard practice, credit risk, clearing house, bilateral exchange of variation margin, market liquidity, credit default swap, CDS, novation, remaining party, party stepping out, party stepping in, novating parties, market value, Regulators, novation arrangements, liquidity mechanism, asset classes, liquidation, Dodd-Frank Act, European Union, EU, United States, ISDA, International Swaps and Derivatives Association, replacement transaction, market practices, cross-product master netting agreements, risk offsets, financial instruments, U.S. Treasury futures, Eurodollar futures, non-cleared interest rate swaps, repurchase agreements, correlated financial instruments, quantitative impact study, Portfolios, central counterparty, CCP, hedged portfolios, prudential regulators, risk characteristics, risk/reward profile, diversification, concentration limits, haircuts, segregation, third-party segregation, re-hypothecation, cost mitigation, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, CFTC, swap dealers, major swap participants, equities, delta, interest rates, CDS spreads, notional value, commodities,

Comment Letter Responding to SEC’s Proposal to Implement Amendments to the Advisers Act Contained in Title IV of the Dodd-Frank Act01.24.11


MFA submitted a comment letter todayto the SEC on its proposal to implement amendments to the Advisers Act contained in […]

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Topics: Securities and Exchange Commission De Minimis Amount, Investment Management, Richard H. Baker, Hearing on Industry Perspectives on the Obama Administration's Financial Regulatory Reform Proposals, Committee on Financial Services, U.S. House of Representatives, venture capital funds, private fund managers, Effective Date of Title IV, registration requirements, Mid-Sized Managers, Securities Commissioner, Exemption, hedge fund industry, Unregistered Managers, SEC-Registered Managers, Substantive Provision, effective date, net assets, Commission on Form ADV, Incentive-Based Compensation Arrangements, Hedge Fund Manager Registration Rul, performance fee, Income Thresholds, Grandfathering Provisions, equity owner, private adviser exemption, transitional relief, qualified purchaser, qualified client standard, Investment Adviser Registration Depository, IARD, SEC, Registration Process, SEC's Contract, IARD System, Duplicative Filing, NSMIA, Form ADV-T, regulatory assets under management, Proprietary Accounts of the Manager, Threshold of $25 Million, assets under management, Portfolios, investment adviser, Form ADV Part 1A, Instruction 5.b., threshold, registration, state securities commission, Mid-Sized Manager, SEC-registered investment advisers, Family Accounts, Proprietary Accounts, pooled investment vehicle, gross assets, hedge funds, leverage, collateral, counterparties, FSA, systemic risk, Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, Leverage Ratios, European Central Bank, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, Columbia University, The Turner Review, Definition, proprietary information, valuation methodology, generally accepted accounting principles, GAAP, Debt-to-Equity, Instruction 5.b(4), Fair Value Methodology, International Accounting Standards, Difficult-to-Value Assets, Valuation Information, Private Fund Information, Compliance Risks, public disclosure, beneficial owners, Investor Protection Benefits, Fair Valu Hierarchy, Schedule D, Section 7.B.1, Proposed Items 14, 15, 17, 13 and 29, 11 and 12, $1 Billion, Incentive-Based, Excessive Compensation, banks, Credit Unions, broker dealers, assets, Proposed Items 5.A, 5.D and 5.F, Form ADV, Part 1A, Proposed Instruction 1.b., hedge fund managers, Depository Institutions, Taxpayer Money, National Securities Exchanges, Wealth and Income Requirements, Tier 1 Financial Holding Company, Compensation Structure, Unit-Linked Life Insurance,

MFA Submits Letter to Department fo the Treasury Regarding Review by the Treasury Department of the Regulatory Structure Associated with Financial Institutions11.21.07


MFA submits letter to the U.S. Department of the Treasury in response to its request for recommendations on how to […]

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Topics: Department of the Treasury Regulatory Structure, optimal regulatory structure, marketplace, hedge funds, managed futures funds, Policy Makers, global alternative investment industry, trading business activties, United States, state securities regulators, regulatory oversight, regulatory framework, conflicting regulatory edicts, private sector self-regulation, Sound Practices for Hedge Fund Managers, peer-to-peer guidance for hedge fund managers, valuation, Portfolios, risk management, adequate disclosure, hedge fund investors, international organizations, International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), Market Particpants, public interest, market and financial integrity, United Kingdom's Financial Services Authority (FSA), Japan's Financial Services Agency, BaFin, Australia, Netherlands, twin peaks model, prudential safety, soundness regulation, conduct-of-business, U.S. capital market competitiveness, Investor Protection, market price transparency, principles-based approach, rules-based approach, flexibility, futures exchange, derivatives clearing organizations, safe harbor, compliance, exchange, statutory core principles, uniform set of basic principles of regulation, public interest goals, customer protections, retail foreign exchange (FX), transactions, Fraud, Congress, state regulators, local law enforcement, Europe, Financial Services Action Plan, Asian Countries, regions, international regulatory standards, costs, foreign markets, competitiveness concerns, G-8 finance ministers and deputies, international portfolio valuation principles, securities, futures, intermediaries, common stock, options contracts, ownership interest, capital raising process, stock index, natural gas, gold, wheat, stock price, stock world, net long, higher prices, short, fair prices, financial products, bonds, security futures, futures contracts, underlying asset, crude oil, currency options template, trading platforms, liquid trading markets, margin area, risk-based performance bond system, margin levels, options trading, natural gas futures price manipulation, substantial inefficiency, intemediary brokerage firms, duplicative systems, unwarranted costs, portfolio margining, collateral management stystems, financial integrity systems, net capital, cross-recognition efficiencies, commodity pool operator, private pools of capital, NFA, mutual, business models, retail customers, Disclosure, public managed futures fund offerings, FINRA, futures brokerage commission payments, federal government, wholesale, commercial, hedging, derivatives, commodity pool operators, collective investment vehicles, pool offerings, tired system of regulation, private transactions, counterparites, funds, exchanges, regulation of intermediaries, Henry Paulson, financial institutions, fund of funds, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, CFTC, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, National Futures Association, President's Working Group on Financial Markets, PWG, Financial Services Roundtable, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, FERC,

MFA Submits Joint Letter to SEC on Proposed Revisions to Rules to Shorten Restricted Security Holding Periods09.21.07


MFA submits comments to the SEC in a joint letter with the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association and the […]

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Topics: Securities and Exchange Commission SEC, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, SIFMA, International Swaps and Derivatives Association, ISDA, securities, banks, asset managers, privately negotiated derivatives industry, hedge funds, managed futures funds, underwriter, security-holders, broker dealers, affiliates, Issuer, public markets, Investor Protections, public resales, Holding Period, liquidity, capital, tolling, restricted security holding periods, shell companies, equity securities, hedging activities, transaction, Securities Industry Association, Jesse M. Brill, SIA, brokerage firms, institutional investors, derivative positions, holding periods, hedging periods, long posistion, long-equivalent, short, short-equivalent, disaster recovery, business continuity, prime brokers, clearing brokers, Portfolios, risk management strategies, account managers, trading desks, institutional holders, significant costs, compliance, pilot basis, Net Notional Amounts, safe harbor, private capital formation, short call option posistion, shares, relevant unit, Aggression, Single Trading Strategy, business units, buy-side, sell side, information sharing, regulatory requirements, client confidentiality, holder, monitor, record, track, verify, market, client driven, Partial Hedging, doctrine of fungibility, convertible debt, noncovertible debt, restricted debt securities, credit exposures, Goldman Sachs & Co., pre-paid forward contracts, Goldman Sachs II, forward and option contractsm sales, Baskets of Securities or Indices, basket, index, Nonconvertible Debt Securities, Fixed Income Exchange, class relief, Powershares Exchange-Traded Fund Trust (ETF), exchange traded index funds (ETF), S&P 500 securities, New York Stock Exchange, Chicago Board Options exchange, Transfer Restrictions, bids, resecuritization, domestic issuers, Reasonale Belief, Reliance on Represenatons, internal information barrier, transparency, preferred stock, asset-backed securities, inter-dealer quotation systems, VWAP Trades, volume-weighted average prices, qualified institutional buyers, usual and customary, executioms, market makers, volume limitations, FINRA/NASD rule 2320, aggregate resales, Form 144, Form 4, restricted security holders, seller, Form D filing, unaffiliated seller, director, executive officer, ten percent beneficial owner, multiple accounts, portfolio managers, Restrictive legends, de-legending, private placement, Staff Interpretive Posistions, Cashless Exercises, deminimis exercise prices, nominal exercise prices, pennies per share, Former Shell Company, Form 10 information, over-the-counter derivatives, OTC derivatives, fund of funds, credit default swap, CDS, alternative trading systems, actual knowledge standard, FINRA, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority,
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