MFA Comment Letters

Topic: sell-side firms

MFA and AIMA Submit Joint Letter on FSB Consultation on Key Attributes of Resolution Regimes for Non-Bank Financial Institutions10.15.13


MFA and AIMA submitted a joint letter to the Financial Stability Board (IOSCO) in response to its consultative document on […]

MFA and AIMA Submit Joint Letter on CPSS-IOSCO Consultative Report on Financial Market Infrastructure Recovery10.11.13


MFA and AIMA submitted a joint letter to the Committee of Payment and Settlement Systems (CPSS) and the International Organisation […]

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Topics: AIMA Alternative Investment Management Association, IOSCO, International Organization of Securities Commissions, Bank for International Settlements, Bank for International Settlements Committee on Payments, consultation paper, market infrastructures, central counterparty, CCP, clearing, exchange-traded, exchange-traded derivatives, over-the-counter derivatives, OTC derivatives, prudential regulators, mandatory clearing, collateral, clearing member, systemically important financial market infrastructure, transparency, regulatory framework, risk management, EMIR, default, Unwind, ex ante measures, orderly liquidation, haircuts, G20, variation margin, financial system, market participants, risk committees, default management committees, CFTC, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, ESMA, European Securities and Markets Authority, European Union, trading venues, liquidity, shareholders, margin, title transfer collateral arrangements, security arragements, competition, sell-side firms, systemic risk, bail-in, default waterfall, margin haircut, initial margin, bankruptcy, Dodd-Frank Act, Security-Based Swap Dealer, majory security-based swap participant, capital requirements, broker-dealer, hedge, buy-side firms, physical commodity, uncleared derivative, portfolio, mark-to-market, contagion, stress-testing methodologies, financial stability, trading volume, conflict of interest, security-based swap execution facility, security-based swap clearing agencies,

MFA Coalition Submits Joint Letter to SEC and CFTC on CDS Customer Portfolio Margining05.10.13


MFA, the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI), and the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) (collectively, the “Associations”) submitted a […]

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Topics: ACLI American Council of Life Insurers, AIMA, Alternative Investment Management Association, Mary Jo White, Gary Gensler, SEC, CFTC, Securities and Exchange Commission, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, portfolio margining, clearing, ICE Clear Credit LLC, security-based swaps, swaps, credit default swaps, CDS, buy-side participants, sell-side firms, margin, central clearing, Investor Protection, market efficiency, derivatives, hedging, FCM, futures commission merchants, broker-dealer, single-name CDS, economic barriers, systemic risk, counterparty credit risk, credit risk, offsetting position, collateral, price distortion, broad-based indices, narrow-based index credit default swap, initial margin, initial margin requirements, margin requirements, registered clearing agencies, derivatives clearing organization, DCO, clearinghouse, capital, segregation, clearing agency, self-clearing members, dealers, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, FINRA, end-users, regulatory framework, interconnectedness, ICE Trust, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, settlement, New York State Banking Department, risk management, variation margin, long-short strategies, interest rate swaps, market participants, clearing mandate, master netting agreements, voluntary clearing, backloading, iTraxx Europe, liquidity, liquidity requirements, tri-party segregation arrangements, custody bank, institutional custodian, excess margin, legal segregation with operation commingling, LSOC, LSOC with excess, directional portfolio, insolvency, equity markets, arbitrage, S&P 500, price competition, direct clearing members, DCM, liquidation, proprietary strategies, volatility, net margin, margining, straight-through processing, counterparty risk, speculative position, Options Clearing Corporation, OCC, short straddles, capital formation,

MFA Submits Letter to SEC on Proposed Capital, Margin, and Segregation Rules02.22.13


MFA submitted a comment letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on its proposed rules on “Capital, Margin, and […]

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Topics: Securities and Exchange Commission SEC, margin, capital, segregation, Security-Based Swap Dealer, Major Security-Based Swap Participant, capital requirements, broker-dealer, risk, security-based swaps, customer collateral, Dodd-Frank Act, CFTC, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Private Funds Managers, Investor Protection, regulation, international regulatory standards, efficiency, capital formation, liquidity, collateral, margin requirements, market participants, variation margin, netting, margining, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, FINRA, international harmonization of regulations, regulatory arbitrage, federal register, bilateral exchange of variation margin, best practices, counterparty risk, systemic risk, risk management, portfolio margining, securities, cross-product master netting agreements, initial margin, financial system, asset class, counterparties, prudential regulators, leverage, derivatives, tri-party custodial arrangements, customer protection, omnibus segregation, default, fellow customer risk, legal segregation with operation commingling, LSOC, swap dealers, Major Swap Participant, Individual Segregation, buy-side firms, non-commercial end-users, hedge funds, credit risk, capital inefficiency, transparency, Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, International Organization of Securities Commissions, IOSCO, Working Group on Margining Requirements, central clearing, compliance, registered clearing agencies, mandatory clearing, compliance date, two-way margining, reform, collateral management, asymmetrical initial margin exchange, pension, endowments, university endowment, financial crisis, "too big to fail, too interconnected to fail, American International Group, AIG, House Committee on Financial Services, Ben Bernanke, Federal Reserve Board, 111th Congress, financial contagion, financial institutions, asymmetry, portfolio reconciliation, portfolio compression, Swap Trading Relationship Documentation, swap dealer, collateral management stystems, trading costs, complexity, settlement risk, credit default swap, CDS, OTC derivatives, forwards, repurchase agreements, Value at Risk, VaR, financial instrument, cross-margining, Options Clearing Corporation, Chicago Mercantile Exchange Holdings Inc., New York Portfolio Clearing LLC, LCH.Clearnet Ltd., customer replicability, proprietary information, reconciliation, market risk, haircuts, Cash Flow, pro-cyclical effects, creditworthiness, multiplier, customized risk management tools, sell-side firms, liquidation time horizon, product type, market practice, ISDA, U.S. dollar, settlement, money market instruments, eligible collateral, capital charge, Lehman Brothers, bankruptcy, bankruptcy estate, third-party custody arrangement, enhanced protections, Notice of Exclusive Control, Investment Company Institute, ICI, White Paper, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, SIFMA, liquidation, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, tentative net capital, dealers, Eric Chern, Chicago Trading Company, \, operational risk, Security-Based Swap Transactions, Darrell Duffie, Federal Reserve Bank of New York Staff Report No. 424, ICE Clear Europe Limited, segregation model, DCO, derivatives clearing organization, portability, insolvency, out-of-the-money, operational and legal commingling, default segregation model, MF Global Inc., Peregrine Financial Group, Fraud, investment risk, Russell Wasendorf, accounting, operational costs, Broker, Dealer, ISDA Margin Survey 2012, European Commission, European Parliament, Council of the European Union, central counterparty, CCP, trade repositories, commodity broker, Bart Chilton, Division of Clearing and Intermediary Oversight, Robert Wasserman, independent third party custodian, state bank regulator, state and federal laws,

MFA and AIMA Submit Comments to CFTC on Cross-Border Guidance08.28.12


MFA and AIMA jointly submitted a comment letter to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) on its “Proposed Interpretive Guidance […]

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Topics: CFTC Commodity Futures Trading Commission, interpretive guidance, swaps, Alternative Investment Management Association, AIMA, financial crisis, over-the-counter derivatives, OTC derivatives, OTC derivatives market, hedge fund industry, fund of funds, hedge fund managers, prime brokers, hedge fund administrator, market participants, non-U.S. market participants, regulatory requirements, commodity pool, pooled accounts, collective investment vehicles, non-U.S. investment fund, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, international harmonization of regulations, regulatory framework, duplicative regulation, transaction cost, compliance costs, U.S. person, non-U.S. persons, derivatives, derivatives markets, Corporation, partnership, limited liability companies, joint-stock company, fund, pension plans, estate, Trust, income tax, Jill Sommers, Scott O'Malia, cost-benefit analysis, market impact, third country, European Securities and Markets Authority, ESMA, direct or indirect ownership, Look Through, shareholders, listed entity, foreign banks, banks, dealers, commodity pool operator, CPO, Form CPO-PQR, financial stability, financial system, chief compliance officer, risk management, swap data recordkeeping, swap data reporting, commodity swaps, clearing, swaps processing, margining, segregation, uncleared swaps, execution, portfolio reconciliation, real-time public reporting, trade confirmations, Business Conduct Standards, qualified eligible person, accredited investors, general partnerships, registration, CPO registration requirements, counterparties, swap dealer, major swap participants, MSPs, swap data repository, sell-side firms, buy-side firms, entity-level requirement, reporting party, comment letter, transaction-level requirements, majority ownership, G20, G20 commitments, substituted compliance, transparency, Policy Makers, European Parliament, Council of the European Union, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Monetary Authority, Securities and Futures Commission, Monetary Authority of Singapore, Singapore, International Organization of Securities Commissions, IOSCO, Department of the Treasury, natural person, foreign entity, Dealer, fiduciary, International Monetary Fund, International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Inter-American Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, United Nations,

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 Letter to UK Financial Services Authority to Proposed Short Selling Disclosure Measures05.08.09


MFA submitted a letter to the U.K. Financial Services Authority in response to its proposed short selling disclosure measures, recommending […]

MFA Letter to IOSCO Technical Committee Short Selling Task Force on Regulatory Approaches to Short Selling12.23.08


MFA sent a letter to the IOSCO Technical Committee Short Selling Task Force providing comments to regulatory approaches to short […]

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Topics: International Organization of Securities Commissions Technical Committee of the International Organization of Securities Commissions, Martin Wheatley, John G. Gaine, short selling, international harmonization of regulations, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, market participants, institutional investors, Florence Harmon, price discovery, market bubbles, market liquidity, liquidity, hedging, risk management, upward market manipulations, derivatives, derivatives trading, capital markets, over-the-counter derivatives, OTC derivatives, listed derivatives, convertible bond, distressed companies, "delta" hedge, capital raising, naked short selling, locate, settlement, settlement date, FINRA, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, broker-dealer, systematic disturbances, risk, closed-out, trade reconciliation, prime broker, algorithmic trading, executing brokers, registered market centers, threshold security, bid-ask spreads, uptick rule, decimal pricing, high-volume trading, sub-penny quotes, Equity Security, sell-side firms, buy-side firms, hard to borrow shares, easy to borrow shares, long positions, reconciliation, exchanges, short squeeze, pre-borrow requirement, market efficiency, Pre-borrow Emergency Order, automated systems, manual trading, securities depositaries, custodian banks, Continuous Net Settlement, CNS, European Corporate Governance Institute, Yale International Center for Finance, National Securities Clearing Corporation, NSCC, clearing brokers, artificial price movements, short sale reporting, fraudulent short selling activity, manipulative naked short selling, unintentional failures to deliver, proprietary investment strategies, OTC equity securities, short interest positions, Regulation Filing Applications, Order Audit Trail System Rules, OATS, Order Tracking System, OTS, Nasdaq-listed securities, NYSE-listed securities, NYSE, Electronic Blue Sheet system, public disclosure, pensions, endowments, foundations, headline risk, alternative investment vehicles, chilling effect, transparency, reverse engineer, money managers, aggregate basis, synthetic positions, bilateral swaps, hedge, swap,