MFA Comment Letters

Topic: recordkeeping requirements

MFA Submits List of Priorities to CFTC Chairman Massad and Commissioners07.30.14


MFA submitted letters to Timothy Massad, the newly confirmed Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), along with the […]

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Topics: CFTC Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Timothy Massad, Mark Wetjen, Scott O'Malia, Sharon Bowen, J. Christopher Giancarlo, swaps, commodity pool operators, CPO, commodity trading advisors, CTA, alternative investment strategies, Dodd-Frank Act, OTC derivatives, systemic risk, transparency, central clearing, swap execution facilities, SEF, designated contract markets, DCM, regulation, package transactions, market infrastructures, recordkeeping requirements, swap data reporting, Cross-Border, central counterparties, CCP, third country, regulatory requirements, alternative investment funds, EMIR, JOBS Act, private investment vehicles, regulatory framework, hedge fund, fund of funds, private equity fund, real estate investment trust, burdensome, CPO delegation, temporary interim relief, private funds, harmonization, no-action relief, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, Policy Makers, customer protection, U.S. Congress, Bankruptcy Code, futures commission merchant, FCM, legal segregation with operation commingling, LSOC, market participant, MF Global Inc., Peregrine Financial Group, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. Peregrine Financial Group Inc. and Russel R. Wasendorf, segregated account, FCM counterparty, position limits, buy-side, straight-through processing, made available for trading, MAT, inter-dealer market, anonymity, execution, proprietary trading tools, dealer-to-customer platforms, liquidity, derivatives clearing organization, DCO, Dealer, interest rate markets, swap curves, swap butterflies, invoice spreads, swaptions, Vincent A. McGonagle, exchange for related position, EFRPs, benchmark contracts, SIFMA AMG, Asset Management Group of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight, Division of Market Oversight, introducing broker, assets under management, AUM, trading privileges, commodity pool, floor brokers, Alternative Investment Management Association, AIMA, swap data repository, SDR, Commodity Markets Council, alpha swap, beta swap, gamma swap, Major Swap Participant, MSPs, European Union, EU, bespoke swaps, International Swaps and Derivatives Association, ISDA, master agreement, European Commission, OTC Derivatives Regulators Group, mandatory clearing, United States, Cayman Islands, U.S. person, swap dealer, financial counterparty, commodity interests, privately offered commodity pools, Cayman Islands Monetary Authority, British Virgin Islands Financial Services Commission, Financial Conduct Authority, Hong Kong, Securities and Futures Commission, private investment funds, limited partnership, general partner, corporations, Trust, limited liability companies, public investment fund, board of directors, chilling effect, NFA, National Futures Association, due diligence, compliance, registered investment adviser, President Obama, Obama Administration, U.S. Department of the Treasury, quarterly account statements, service providers, illiquid assets, Form PF, Form CPO-PQR, Form CTA-PR, custody rules, generally accepted accounting principles, GAAP, Form PQR, haircuts, Committee of Payment and Settlement Systems, International Organization of Securities Commissions, IOSCO, Financial Stability Board, FSB, risk management, initial margin, variation margin, loss allocation, Full Physical Segregation, customer collateral, collateral, insolvency, cleared swaps, hedgers, short, price discovery, spot-month position limits, physically settled, cash-settled contracts, natural gas, gold, silver, owned entities, passive ownership, exemptive relief, speculation, aggregation,

MFA Submits Letter to SEC on Sequencing Roadmap for Final Title VII Rules08.13.12


MFA submitted a comment letter to the SEC in response to its Sequencing Roadmap Policy Statement on the compliance dates […]

Comment Letter on Joint Release Regarding Reporting by Investment Advisors to Private Funds and Certain Commodity Pool Operators and Commodity Trading Advisors on Form PF04.08.11


MFA filed a comment letter with the SEC and CFTC in response to their joint proposal to require private fund […]

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Topics: private funds commodity pool operators, commodity trading advisors, Form PF, systemic risk, Financial Stability Oversight Council, market participants, managed futures, absolute return strategies, SEC, CFTC, Dodd-Frank Act, Council and Office of Financial Research, OFR, global regulators, overcounting, undercounting, threshold for enhanced performance, assets under management, reporting period, confidentiality protections, inadvertent disclosure, non-bank financial companies, lending institutions, interconnectedness, liquidity risk, maturity mismatch, regulatory scrutiny, systemically significant, Federal Reserve System, the Fed, Form CPO, Form PQR, Form CTA-PR, targeted requests, tiered reporting system, threshold, trading and investment strategies, borrowing arrangements, collateral practices, operational capabilities, illiquid assets, investment advisers, bespoke contracts, private equity, privately issued convertible bonds, equity derivatives, distressed debt, unaffiliated third party sources, generally accepted accounting principles, GAAP, Level 2 inputs, Level 3 inputs, Financial Accounting Standards Board, audited financial statements, UK Financial Services Authority, FSA, Form 13F, public companies, Form 10-K, Form 10-Q, portfolio management, CUSIP number, semi-annual reporting, counterparty exposures, market noise, short-term market fluctuations, margin requirements, hedge fund defaults, large private fund manager, qualifying fund, hedge fund assets under management, Form ADV, proposed reporting thresholds, interpretive guidance, private fund managers, recordkeeping requirements, section 404, confidentiality of information, proprietary information, Investment Adviser Registration Depository, Schedule 13G, individual certification, valuation methodology, proprietary methodology, alternative methodology, de minimis, master-feeder, parallel funds, equity prices, interest rates, currency rates, Form PF question 36, form PF questions 28 and 35, funds of funds, direct investments, aggregate gross asset value, collateral, operational efficiency, ten-year option, five-year option, master agreement, regulatory assets under management, net assets under management, leverage, parallel managed accounts, net asset value, gross asset value, creditor, net borrowings, aggregate borrowings, beneficial owners, record owners, fixed advisory fees, investment expenses, performance fees, inception class, statistical arbitrage-equity, other quantitative strategies, strategy exposure, risk capital allocation, NAV, futures commission merchants, FCMs, direct clearing members, DCMs, prime brokers, clause (iii), loan commitments, offsetting exposure, tri-party collateral accounts, market value, asset-backed securities, debt securities, swap contracts, futures contracts, foreign currency contracts, notional value of derivatives, notional amount, long positions, short positions, LMV, SMV, maturity brackets, short-term interest rate, DV01, CR01, duration, non-rated issues, short term high quality corporate debt, foreign exchange derivatives, turnover rate, GMV, Bloomberg, risk methodology, repos, sensitivity analyses, liquidity management, balance sheet value, delta adjusted, variation margin, equity exposure, rehypothecated initial margin, CCPs, central clearing counterparties, Value at Risk, VaR, CDS, CDX, default rates, corporate bonds, short borrowing, synthetic borrowing, uncommitted lines of credit, side pocket arrangement,

Comment Letter to the CFTC on its Proposed Core Principles and Other Requirements for Swap Execution Facilities03.08.11


MFA submitted a comment letter to the CFTC on its proposed Core Principles and Other Requirements for Swap Execution Facilities. […]

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Topics: Commodity Futures Trading Commission CFTC, swap execution facilities, SEFs, SEF trading platforms, regulatory efficiencies, market efficiencies, market-based competition, transparency, real-time public reporting of swap transaction data, available for trading, competition, grandfather relief, request for quote, RFQ, order book, cleared swaps, block trades, timing delay, required transactions, Designated Contract Market, DCM, Mandatory Execution Requirement, annual review, market liquidity, minimum block threshold, large notional transaction size threshold, reporting requirements, recordkeeping requirements, daily trading records requirements, major swap participants, CEA, RFQ system, Over-the-Counter, OTC, electronic platform, one-to-one voice services, mandatory objective criteria, mandatory transparent criteria, OTC market, connectivity, grace period, liquidity, resting bids, swap data repositories, liquidity characteristics, bilateral trading environment, trading venues, dealer-to-customer platforms, exchanges, swap execution, bilateral trading, voice-based trading, flexibility, execution protocol, order book systems, multiple-to-multiple trading venues, limit order, central limit order variants, non-continuous liquidity, credit default swaps, responsive quote, interstate commerce, mandatory minimum required recipients, quote requesters, institutional investors, voice-based system, security-based swap execution facility, SB SEF, permitted transactions, block trade thresholds, block size, data analysis, minimum block sizes, joint the trade, auction-based methods, matching, fixing, open outcry trading pits, quote-requesting participant, widened bid/offer spreads, exchanges for physical, exchanges for swaps, off-market transactions, linked transactions, packaged transactions, single joint transactions, crossing, matching traders, futures position, physical position, cash position, debt instrument, physical contract, discreet contract, Manipulation, price distortion, congestion, sporadic liquidity, emergency procedure, public information, complete audit trail, conflicts of interest, chief compliance officer, ISDA, SIFMA, Over-the-Counter Derivatives Markets, CBOE futures exchange, RFQ response period, Rulebook,

MFA Comments to IOSCO’s Call for Views on Issues That Could Be Addressed by IOSCO on Funds of Hedge Funds08.03.07


MFA submits comments in response to IOSCO’s “Call for Views on Issues that Could Be Addressed by IOSCO on Funds […]

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Topics: IOSCO FOHF Report, Investor Protection Issues, U.S. Funds of Hedge Funds, investment companies, Exemption, Disclosure, recordkeeping requirements, Commodity Pools, global alternative investment industry, hedge funds, managed futures funds, policymakers, absolute return strategies, private sector initiatives, hedge fund industry, United States, public sector, Federal Reserve, state agencies, Congress, private sector, major dealers, derivative market practices, international advisory and government bodies, United Kingdom's Financial Services Authority, Securities Exchange Board of India, retail investors, Full Part 4 Funds, Full Part 4 CPOs, Company Act FOHFs, IOSCO Technical Committe Standing Committee on Investment Management, retail investors' increased investment in FOHF's, IOSCO Report, Retail investment, retail market, regulatory regime, offering disclosure regime, advertising rules, Investor Protection, disclosure requirements, senior securities, management agreements, transactions, broker dealers, Financial Industry Regulatroy Authority, NASD, New York Stock Exchange, Investor Suitability, Manner of Offering, accredited investors, securities, private offering exemption, safe harbor, Public Offering, offering, mass mailings, General Solicitation, advertisement, open-end investment companies, mutual, liquidity, shareholders, periodic tender offers, high net worth requirements, qualified clients, natural person, adviser, net worth, initial investment requirements, retail funds, disclosure documents, compliance, compliance examinations, Company Act Registration, investment company, board members, interested persons, counsel, annual self-assessment, executive session, assets, bank, custody, broker-dealer, bank custodians, chief compliance officer, compliance policies and procedures, Federal Securities Laws, codes of ethics, fraudulent or manipulative practices, personal securities transactions, principal transactions, underlying fraud, outstanding voting, Affiliated Person, non-voting interests, agency transactions, asset coverage, company obligations, shares, dividends, borrowings, derivative instruments, advisory contracts, diversification, real estate, shareholder approval, breaches of fiduciary duty, compensation, registration statements, Form N-SAR, principal executive, principal financial officers, material fact, record keeping requirements, for cause examinations, sweep examinations, adviser operations, Subscription Agreement, verbatim risk of loss disclosure statements, table of contents, business background, risk factors, volatility, leverage, counterparty creditworthiness, commodities, margin obligations, fees, expenses, break-even chart, conflicts of interest, soft dollar, directed brokerage arrangements, futures brokers, tansferability and redemption rights, tax, liability, investor's capital contribution, undistributed profits, financial reporting to investors, Annual Report, Plain English Requirements, NFA Notice I-07-25, state securities regulators, statement of additional information, Company Act Disclosure Requirements, closed-end investment companies, Form N-2, prospectus, fee table, sales loads, offering price, dividend reinvestment, cash purchase plan fees, transaction fees, net assets, common shares, management fees, interest payments, borrowed funds, acquired fund fees, total annual expenses, initial investment, a 5% annual return, rask factors, public trading market, portfolio managers, Plain English Principles, glossaries, technical terms, administrators, custodians, affiliated broker, tax consequences, net asset value, capital stock, voting, liquidation, material pending legal proceedings, committee structure, ownership of shares, family of investment companies, proxy voting, independent registered public accounting firm, performance fees, securities transactions, tax status, offering prive, underwriters, legends, high risk, annual financial statements, independent public accountant, periodic statements, U.S. generally acceped accounting principles, accrual method of accounting, an oath or affirmation, unaudited semi-annual reports, fiscal period, Portfolio Holdings, advisory contract, Form N-CSR, Senior officer code of ethics, audit committee financial expert, audit, audit-related, share repurchases, U.S. GAAP, total return, futures professionals, promotional material, prospective investors, cherry picking, IOSCO Technical Committee, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, CFTC, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, commodity pool operator, CPO, fund of funds, Department of the Treasury, MFA's Sound Practices for Hedge Fund Managers, National Futures Association, NFA, FINRA,
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