MFA Comment Letters

Topic: position limits

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 to the CFTC in Response to its Request for Comments on Position Limits for Derivatives03.28.11


MFA submitted comments to the CFTC in response to its request for comments on position limits for derivatives. MFA remains […]

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Topics: CFTC Commodity Futures Trading Commission, position limits, derivatives, futures, option contract, swap contract, futures market, price risk, commercial participants, operating company, financial institution, energy market infrastructure, liquid price discovery, risk-shifting market, market manipulation, federal limits, crowding out provision, spot month, disaggregation relief, deliverable supply, inter-commodity spread transactions, bona fide hedger, price discovery, risk management, commodity market, annual recalculation methodology, U.S. futures exchange, delivery point, individual class rules, legacy position limits, agricultural commodities, disorderly markets, spot-month position limits, referenced contracts, aggregate spot-month position limits, swaptions, DCMs, physically delivered contracts, cash-settled contracts, conditional-spot month limit, cash position, forward position, physical commodity deliverable, aggregate all-months-combined, aggregate single-month, futures class all-months-combined, futures class single-month, swaps class all-months-combined, swaps class single-month, open interest, non-spot position limits, calendar-spread exemption, hedging transaction, cash market transaction, cash market risk, swap dealer hedge exemption, pool participant, future commission merchants, FCMs, independently controlled and managed trader, account aggregation requirements, enumerated agricultural commodities, open interest formula, position visibility, reporting requirements, offsetting positions, excessive speculation, interstate commerce, physical commodity, interest rates, stock indices, squeezes, market liquidity, global commodity, regulatory oversight, risk transfer, energy price volatility, CTFC Inter-Agency Task Force on Commodity Markets, GAO, IOSCO, IMG, UK Treasury, CME, The Economist, supply and demand, U.S. dollar, price volatility, NYMEX crude oil price, speculative investment, crude oil futures, International Organization of Securities Commission, IOSCO Technical Committee, IMF World Economic outlook, HM Treasury Global Commodities, OECD publishing, JP Morgan, long positions, hedge funds, short positions, Chicago onions, Berlin wheat, Credit Agricole, Energy Risk, University of Calgary, PKVerleger LLC, Wall St. Journal, Artificial limits, Barclays Capital, OECD Food, Jacks Study, Commission Energy Complex Report, Global Energy Management Institute, Bauer College of Business, University of Houston, House Committee on Agriculture, Pirrong Testimony, price spikes, agricultural model, metal commodity, seasonal variation, market surveillance, OTC, WTI, independently controlled accounts, independent third party, commodity trading advisors, common parent, CPO, CTA, control standard, commodity pool operator, commodity trading advisor, eligible entity, order routing arrangement, disclosure documents, non-financial entity exemption, active trading program, passive trading program, funds of funds, private equity investments, passive investors, pension plan, independent account controller exemption, asset manager, corporate enterprises, speculative trading ventures, CFTC docket no. 11-05, CFTC docket no. 08-02, pool participant exemption, equity interest, market depth, no-action relief, percentage interest, real-time basis, university endowment, liquidity provisions, application based exemption, approval based exemption, annual renewal based exemption, self-executing disaggregation, reporting obligation, surveillance, audit, enforcement, cross-ownership of traders, statement of reporting trader, benchmark contracts, NYMEX Henery Hub Natural Gas contract, commercial hedgers, inter-commodity spread exemption, arbitrage exemption, directional position, outright positions, submarket, large trader data, seasonality, annual limits, CBOT, NYBOT, KCBOT, pre-existing position exemption, significant price discovery contracts, index fund manager, class limits, rounding, hypothetical portfolios, cleared bilateral contracts, non-cleared bilateral contracts, front month position, deferred month positions, last day swaps, penultimate swaps, options, delta, financial cal spread options, physical cal spread options, physical options, HH natural gas,

Letter to Mary Schapiro; Attachments: (Industry Letter on Buy Side Access to Clearing) and (Recommended Timeline for Adoption and Implementation of Final Rules Pursuant to Title VII of The Dodd-Frank Act)03.24.11


MFA submitted a letter to Chairmen Schapiro and Gensler, and each of the SEC and CFTC Commissioners, providing our recommendations […]

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Topics: Securities and Exchange Commission OTC derivatives market, reform, systemic risk, efficiency, global financial system, central clearing, liquid contracts, clearable contracts, trade repositories, cleared swaps, bilateral swaps, price transparency, liquid swap transactions, broad industry clearing, trade repository data, electronic data, trade transparency, buy-side participants, buy-side access, New York Fed, ISDA Governance Committee, IIGC, standardizing contracts, trade compression, OTC derivatives reform, milestones, phase-in period, sell-side firms, clearinghouses, Regulators, current clearable swaps, future clearable swaps, broad-based index credit default swaps, CDS, interest rate markets, single-name CDS, asset managers, end-users, CCPs, CMs, customer clearing services, open interest caps, waterfalls, block trading, risk compression, customer funds, pre-default portability, give-up agreements, US bankruptcy, non-US bankruptcy, cleared OTC derivatives, 14d order, 17f6 order, SEC exemptions, FINRA exemptions, margin methodology, CME rules, CME, ClearPort, migration, TBF, Bloomberg, MarkitWire, ICELink, end to end production testing, front-office processing, middle-office processing, back-office processing, back loading facility, end-to-end systems flow, fallback processing, post-default portability, risk waterfall process, net client omnibus margin account, price challenge protocol, financial disclosure requirements, clearing, commission fee, trading annex, give up process, transparency, default waterfall, futures, CDS books, margin segregation, Basel I capital requirements, FCMs, commodity contracts, Bankruptcy Code, roll-out schedule, margin regime, vendor, streamlined netting process, trade rejection rights, segregation framework, alternative margin segregation schemes, title transfer regime, English law CSAs, US banking regulators, US bank CM, non-US bankruptcy laws, non-US CM's default, position limits, real-time reporting, big bang approach, phase-in approach, derivatives clearing organizations, interest rate swaps, exchange trading, MSPs, hedge funds, dealer-to-dealer clearing, SEF trading, onboarding, mixed swap, swap dealer, eligible contract participant, DCO governance, DCO registration, collateral, Business Conduct Standards, capital requirements, margin requirements, MSP recordkeeping requirements, SD recordkeeping requirements, public reporting, liquidity, individual risk concentrations, block trade. swap initial margin, post-trade reporting, pre-trade reporting, interdealer reporting, Dodd-Frank clearing requirements, clearing agreement, execution agreement, clearing members, FIA, CFTC rules, SEC rules, mandatory clearing date, CCP implementation period, CCP risk management, end-user exemptions, Phase 1 mandatory cleared products, counterparty risk, OTC derivatives, standardized documentation, onboarding work streams, voluntary period, direct clearing participants, indirect clearing participants, voluntary targets, scale readiness, volume targets, simpler instruments, complex instruments, credit, voluntary back loading, compression, systemic counterparty risk, industry-level metrics, DTCC data, cleared settlement, uncleared settlement, tear-ups, long-only accounts, asset manager accounts, investor,

MFA Comments on CFTC Regulatory Intitiatives Under the Dodd-Frank Act09.22.10


MFA submitted initial comments to the SEC and the CFTC on regulatory initiatives in each agencys purview under the Dodd-Frank […]

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Topics: Commodity Futures Trading Commission CFTC, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, financial regulatory system, hedge funds, financial crisis, institutional investors, OTC derivatives market, over-the-counter derivatives market, systemic risk, operational risk, transparency, capital markets, U.S. Banking Industry, Columbia University, Investment Company Institute, Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council, leverage, private investment funds, Investor Protection, market discipline, investor confidence, market stability, risk capital, proprietary strategies, international coordination, financial risk, business risk, swap dealer, swap, Counterparty, market maker, futures commission merchant, FCM, futures, Major Swap Participant, msp, non-swap dealer, AIG, initial margin, variation margin, substantial position, offsetting position, clearing, central clearing, liquidity, regulatory capital requirements, creditor, depositor, Tier 1 capital, pension plans, endowments, cleared swaps, uncleared swaps, security-based swaps, collateral, non-bank MSP, Swap Execution Facility, SEF, equity market, futures market, risk management, central counterparties, CCP, risk model, customer protection, risk committee, proprietary asset, customer asset, third party custodian, segregation, omnibus account, individual account, reporting, Designated Contract Market, market integrity, physical market, position limits, contract market, commodity trading advisor, CTA, investment adviser, Peavey Commodity Futures Fund no-action letter, commodity pool operator, Financial Stability Oversight Council, FSOC, Office of Financial Research, owned funds, residual value, managed funds, investment portfolio, roll-over, commercial paper, credit exposure, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, FDIC, Troubled Asset Relief Program, TARP, Federal Reserve, "too big to fail, bankruptcy law, Bondholder,

MFA Comments on SEC Regulatory Initiatives Under the Dodd-Frank Act09.22.10


MFA submitted initial comments to the SEC and the CFTC on regulatory initiatives in each agencys purview under the Dodd-Frank […]

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Topics: Commodity Futures Trading Commission CFTC, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, financial regulatory system, hedge funds, financial crisis, institutional investors, OTC derivatives market, over-the-counter derivatives market, systemic risk, operational risk, transparency, capital markets, U.S. Banking Industry, Columbia University, Investment Company Institute, Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council, leverage, market discipline, investor confidence, market stability, risk capital, proprietary strategies, international coordination, financial risk, business risk, swap dealer, swap, Counterparty, market maker, futures commission merchant, FCM, futures, Major Swap Participant, msp, non-swap dealer, AIG, initial margin, variation margin, substantial position, offsetting position, clearing, central clearing, liquidity, regulatory capital requirements, creditor, depositor, Tier 1 capital, pension plans, endowments, cleared swaps, uncleared swaps, security-based swaps, collateral, non-bank MSP, Swap Execution Facility, SEF, futures market, risk management, central counterparties, CCP, risk model, customer protection, risk committee, proprietary asset, customer asset, third party custodian, segregation, omnibus account, individual account, reporting, Designated Contract Market, market integrity, physical market, position limits, contract market, commodity trading advisor, CTA, investment adviser, Peavey Commodity Futures Fund no-action letter, commodity pool operator, Financial Stability Oversight Council, FSOC, Office of Financial Research, owned funds, residual value, managed funds, investment portfolio, roll-over, commercial paper, credit exposure, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, FDIC, Troubled Asset Relief Program, TARP, Federal Reserve, "too big to fail, bankruptcy law, Bondholder, private investment funds, mutual fund, client, pooled vehicle, pooled investment vehicle, Investor Protection, self-regulatory organization, SRO, investment adviser examination, Comptroller General of the United States, capital formation, Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, OCIE, private funds, global banks, retail clients, proprietary information, Confidential Information, Venture Capital Fund, family office, accredited investor, qualified client, knowledgeable employees, transitional relief, performance reports, market makers, Broker, fiduciary, Major Security-Based Swap Participant, MSSP, registration, margin requirement, risk profile, financial entities, Price Manipulation, executive compensation, many-to-many platform, covered financial institution, Incentive-Based Compensation Arrangements, Regulation D, disqalifying felons, Bad Actors, CUSIP number, short selling, Disclosure, price discovery, volatility, retail funds, global market, equity market, herding, Form SH, beneficial ownership, short swing profit reporting, fiduciary standard, Investor Advisory Committee, European Commission, EC, European Union, EU, European Parliament, EP, European Council of Finance Ministers, alternative investment funds, AIFs, SEC-registered advisers, Secretary Geithner, European Commissioner Michel Barnier, U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling, non-bank financial companies,

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,