MFA Comment Letters

Topic: United States

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,

MFA Submits Comments to USTR on Mexican Bankruptcy Law for Trade Negotiations09.04.12


MFA submitted comments to the U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”) raising concerns with the Mexican Business Reorganization Act as demonstrated by […]

MFA Petitions the CFTC to Exclude Certain Employee Pools from the Definition of “Pool”08.30.12


MFA petitioned the CFTC to provide an exclusion from the definition of commodity “pool” for certain internally owned entities, including […]

MFA Submits Letter to ESMA on Straight-Through-Processing08.05.12


On August 5, MFA submitted a comment letter to the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) to advocate for the […]

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Topics: ESMA European Securities and Markets Authority, OTC derivatives, CCP, trade repositories, straight-through processing, regulatory technical standards, EMIR, over-the-counter derivatives, derivatives, European Parliament, Council of the European Union, OTC derivatives transactions, central counterparty, systemic risk, counterparty credit risk, credit risk, market access, efficiency, operational market processes, clearing, execution, executing counterparty, market participants, clearing obligation, documentation, clearing member, interest rate swap, credit default swap, CDS, CME, Chicago mercantile exchange, alternative liquidity providers, liquidity, risk, electronic trading, bilateral derivatives transactions, bilateral master agreements, risk management, real-time processing, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, CFTC, Designated Contract Market, DCM, Swap Execution Facility, SEF, execution platform, Allocations, cost-benefit analysis, European Union, EU, ESMA Task Forces, transparency, OTC Derivatives Task Force, CCP Requirements Task Force, Trade Repositories Task Force, derivatives transactions, international harmonization of regulations, Financial Stability Board, FSB, European Commission, delegated acts, customer clearing documentation, directive, due diligence, operational risk, Court of Justice of the European Union, Continental Cans, EU Member State, Commission v. Council ERTA, financial stability, Christopher Seagon v. Deko Marty Belgium NV, clearing agreement, financial system, United States, Dodd-Frank Act, real-time acceptance, competition, settlement, liquidity fragmentation, central limit order books, International Swaps and Dealers Association, ISDA, bid-ask spread, limit check, trading venues, credit intermediation, derivatives markets, bilateral risk management, volatility, derivatives clearing organization, DCO, swap dealer, Major Swap Participant, dealer-to-dealer clearing, dealer-to-customer platforms, mandatory clearing, clearinghouse, bilateral credit agreement, bilateral market, competitive liquidity, block transactions, investment managers, breakage, Futures Industry Association, FIA, trading desk, anti-competitive effects, ICE energy swaps, ICE Clear Credit LLC, LCH Clearnet, clearing acceptance process, trilateral documentation, designation notice, Managed Funds Association, bundled trade, futures, futures market, credit limit order bookc, credit limit, interconnectedness, dealers, real economy, pension fund, endowments, institutional investors, Liquidity Providers, trilateral clearing agreements, energy derivatives, technical standards, voice execution, matched transactions, direct clearing members, credit limits, risk-based, latency, transaction capture facility, anti-competitive restrictions, aggregate limit, underlying clients,

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 Comments to SEC Regarding Proposals to Revise Limited Offering Exemptions in Regulation D10.19.07


MFA submits a comment letter to the SEC regarding their proposals to revise the limited offering exemptions in Regulation D.

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Topics: Limited Coffering Exemptions global alternative investment industry, hedge funds, managed futures funds, policymaker, flexibility, issuers, Accerdited Investor, accredited natural person, offers, securities, limited announcement, offering, pooled investment vehicles, transactions, Public Offerings, General Solicitation, General Advertising, investor, accredited investor, higher dollar-amount thresholds, qualification, capital, Private Pooled Investment Vehicle Release, financial sophistication standards, federal regulations, natural persons, privated pools of captial, inflation, financial eligibility standard, joint income thresholds, Office of Economic Analysis, capital formation, compliance, implications of the growth of hedge funds, Offerings, private placement offerings, qualifies purchasers, Qualified Purchaser Definition, Qualified Client Definition, marital assets, Joint Investments, qualified client, qualified purchaser, Subscription Agreement, pooled investment fund, subscription agent, sophisticated investors, United States, Future Inflation Adjustment, dollar-amount threshols, private placement, knowledgeable employees, Trust Grantors, Trustees, beneficiaries, Sophisticated Investor Standards, risk, transaction costs, economic efficiency, Investor Protection, Investor relations professionals, research analysts, attorneys, traders, brokers, traders of a fund affiliate, senior financial, operational, accounting officers, risk/return, deferred compensation, net worth, investments tests, Issuer, fund principals, pooled investment funds, retention tool, start up company, sotck, equity owners, primary beneficiary, Grandfathered, inflation adjustments, dollar-amount thresholds, grandfather provision, due diligence, committed capital, Interation Safe Harbor, transparency, Manner of Offering, sale limitations, Disqualification Provisions, predecessor, affiliated issuer, director, executive officer, general partner, managing member, 20% beneficial owner, promoter, cease and desist, Fraud, Form D, blue sky filing, bad actor disqualification provisions, recdivism, Division of Enforcement, U.S. Congress, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, threshold,

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,

MFA Comments to IOSCO on Consultation Report on Principles for the Valuation of Hedge Fund Portfolios06.21.07


MFA submits comment letter to IOSCO on its Consultation Report on Principles for the Valuation of Hedge Fund Portfolios.

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Topics: IOSCO IOSCO's 2007 32nd Annual Conference, Mumbai., India, valuation of investments, hedge funds, global set of principles, conflicts of interest, investors, IOSCO Report, Investment Portfolios, hedge fund management, hedge fund managers, global alternative investment industry, advocate, absolute return strategies, public, private sector, United States, Securities and Exchange Committee, SEC, Commodity Futures Trading Commision, CFTC, Federal Reserve, Department of the Treasury, state agencies, Congress, major dealers, derivative market practices, advisory, government bodies, United Kingdom's Financial Services Authority, FSA, Securities Exchange Board of India, MFA's 2005 Sound Practices, Investor Protection, key market soundness, Management and Internal Trading Controls, Responsibilites to Investors, Valuation Policies and Procedures, Business Continutiy and Disaster Recovery, President's Working Group on Financial Markets, PWG, risk management, internal trading controls, Regulatory Controls, Transactional Practices, business continuity, disaster recovery, valuation, macro-level guidance, operational framework, risk monitoring, U.S. regulatory Filings, anti-money laundering, Checklist for Compliance Manuals, Checklist for Code of Ethics, consistency, independence, transparency, financial instruments, market prices, Instrument, organized exchanges, data vendors, governing body, third parties, mission-critical, Third Party Service Providers, investment portfolio, global capital markets, portfolio strategies, material obstacles, net asset value, NAV, Fair Value, pricing poliies and sources, price validation, financial statement close process,