MFA Comment Letters

Topic: uncleared swaps

MFA Submits Accompanying Portfolio Margining Letter11.26.12


MFA submitted a supplemental comment letter to the U.S. prudential regulators during the reopened comment period for their proposed rulemaking […]

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Topics: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Federal Housing Finance Agency, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, FDIC, Farm Credit Administration, capital requirements, margin, covered swap entities, prudential regulators, swap dealer, Major Swap Participant, Security-Based Swap Dealer, Major Security-Based Swap Participant, Dodd-Frank Act, portfolio margining, cross-margining, futures, options, swaps, security-based swaps, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, CFTC, futures commission merchant, FCM, broker-dealer, initial margin, collateral, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, regulatory regime, market participants, Options Clearing Corporation, Chicago mercantile exchange, New York Portfolio Clearing LLC, LCH.Clearnet Ltd., capital markets, over-the-counter derivatives, OTC derivatives, master netting agreements, affiliate-held collateral, Dealer, derivatives clearing organization, segmentation, market liquidity, liquidity, end-users, hedging, mandatory clearing, credit default swap, CDS, index CDS, redundant margin, swaptions, caps, floors, cross-currency swaps, inflation swaps, Cleared Products, risk, CME Group, CME Clearport, ICE Clear Credit, ICE Clear Europe, central counterparties, CCP, buy-side, debt obligation, systemic risk, posted margin, Collecting Futures Commission Merchant, Depositing Futures Commission Merchant, triangular setoff, uncleared swaps, bankruptcy, commodity broker, In re Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc et al, Chevron Products Co. v. SemCrude L.P., covered swap entity, eligible collateral, Federal National Mortgage Association, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, Federal Home Loan Banks, Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation, insured obligation, Farm Credit System,

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,

MFA Submits Comment Letter to CFTC on Proposed Dodd-Frank Implementation Rules for Mandatory Swap Clearing, Trade Execution, and Margin Rules11.04.11


The OTC derivatives reforms (Title VII) resulting from the Dodd-Frank Act will cause sweeping transformation of the OTC derivatives markets […]

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Topics: Commodity Futures Trading Commission CFTC, swaps, swap transaction, swap transaction compliance, clearing, trade execution, margining, margining requirements, Dodd-Frank Act, mandatory clearing, Rulemaking, Gary Gensler, central clearing, market participants, buy-side participants, end-user exemptions, product definition rules, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, security-based swaps, swap dealer, Security-Based Swap Dealer, Major Swap Participant, Major Security-Based Swap Participant, collateral, full-scale clearing, uncleared swaps, liquidity, execution, Category 2 Entities, Category 1 Entities, active fund, buy-side market participants, private funds, swap execution facilities, SEF, Designated Contracts Markets, DCMs, real-time reporting, swap data, Regulators, derivatives clearing organization, futures commission merchants, FCM, non-dealer market participants, clearing mandate, G20, OTC derivatives, over-the-counter derivatives, exchanges, electronic platform, central counterparties, CCP, federal register, class of swaps, voluntary clearing, Category 3 Entities, Scott O'Malia, compliance schedules, compliance date, made available for trading, partial tear-ups, novations, third-party subaccount, non-MSP counterparties, interest rate swaps, broad-based index credit default swaps, commodity swaps, systemic risk, real-time clearing, cost-benefit analysis, price distortion, bilateral execution, execution venue, listing, security-based swap SEF, Category 4 Entities, trading documentation, phased implementation, transparency, prudential regulators, variation margin, netting, counterparties,

Comment Letter on Proposed Rules for Margin Requirements for Uncleared Swaps and Capital Requirements for Swap Dealers and Major Swap Participants07.11.11


MFA submitted a comment letter to the CFTC in response to both their notice of proposed rulemaking on Capital Requirements […]

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Topics: Commodity Futures Trading Commission CFTC, "Proposed Capital Rules, " "Proposed Margin Rules, margin, liquidity, swap markets, prudential regulator, CSE, buy-side firms, central clearing, uncleared swaps, customized transactions, unsecured counterparty credit risk, transparency, margin practices, two-way exchange of variation margin, netting, safeguards. designated clearing organization, DCO, Timothy Geithner, Gary Gensler, counterparties, trading costs, adverse pricing, funding costs, variation margin, collateral management practices, financial entities, non-cash collateral, Office of the Currency, Office of the Treasury, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Farm Credit Administration, Federal Housing Finance Agency, systemic risk, shielding assets, pension plans, university endowments, bilateral variation margin exchange, unsecured obligations, one-sided variation margin arrangements, SEC, "too big to fail, " uncollateralized swap positions, margin exchange, swap portfolio, counterparty credit quality, Hon. Ben S. Bernanke, risk management, asset classes, interest rate swaps, commodity swaps, equity swaps, referenced bond, Eurodollar futures, physically-settling forwards, repurchase agreements, security lending agreements, liened account assets, initial margin model, portfolio offsets, Alternative Method, net counterparty exposure, out-of-the-money swap, in-the-money swap, initial and variation margin transfers, futures commission merchant, asset class, multi-lateral agreements, cross-product netting agreements, non-cleared commodity options, liquidation value, paired products, trading contracts, capital planning, multiplier of 2.0, multiplier of 4.4, reference cleared swap, grid-based method, proprietary models, ten-day liquidation time horizon, five-day time horizon, segregation of customer assets, custodian, Capital Rules, capital requirements, Mr. Eric Chern, Chicago Trading Company, Joint Commission-SEC Staff Roundtable on Proposed Dealer and major Participant Definitions Under the Dodd-Frank Act, tailored products, Reporting of Capital Requirements, collateral delivery, counterparty exposure, Capital Relief for Cleared Swaps,

Comment Letters to Prudential Regulators on their Proposed Rules for Margin and Capital Requirements for Covered Swap Entities07.11.11


MFA submitted a comment letter to the Prudential Regulators in response to their notice of proposed rulemaking on Margin and […]

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Topics: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Margin and Capital Requirements for Covered Swap Entities Treasury, swap markets, central clearing, risk-based margin requirements, minimize risk, liquidity, swap dealers, SDs, major swap participants, covered swap participants, CSEs, uncleared swaps, delivery of margin, counterparties, operational costs, adverse pricing, robust netting arrangements, funding costs, customized transactions, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, unsecured counterparty credit risk, consistency, transparency, variation margin, Timothy Geithner, mandatory clearing requirements, central clearinghouse, clearing eligible, non-cash collateral, Gary Gensler, asset class, financial entity counterparties, bilateral exchange of variation margin, pension plans, university endowments, counterparty risk, systemic risk, "too big to fail, uncollaterized swap positions, indirect transmission, House Committee on Financial Services, Ben S. Bernanke, swap portfolio, risk management, cleared swap transactions, risk reduction tool, interest rate swaps, commodity swaps, FCM, credit default swap, referenced bond, interest rate swap, Eurodollar futures, security-based swaps, physically-settling forwards, repurchase agreements, security lending agreements, over-collateralization, futures commission merchant, liquidation value, cross-product netting agreements, multi-lateral netting agreements, non-cleared commodity options, paired products, trading contracts, proprietary models, equity swaps, call option, total return swap, illiquid security, ten-day liquidation time horizon, five-day time horizon, valuation formulas, swap documents, Capital Relief for Cleared Swaps, DCO, capital charge, derivatives clearing organizations, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Housing Finance Agency, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Farm Credit Administration, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, FDIC, CFTC,

Comment Letter to the CFTC on Business Conduct Standards for Swap Dealers and Major Swap Participants with Counterparties02.22.11


MFA submitted a comment letter to the CFTC on its proposal on Business Conduct Standards for Swap Dealers and Major […]

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,