MFA Comment Letters

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MFA Submits Letter to IRS on Proposed Rules on Dividend Equivalent Payments04.06.12


MFA submitted a comment letter to the Internal Revenue Service on the IRS proposed rules under Section 871(m) of the […]

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Topics: Internal Revenue Service IRS, dividend equivalent, tax avoidance, market participants, contractual representations, undue market disruption, swaps, delta-one instruments, customized index, derivatives, equity linked derivatives markets, in connection with standard, in the market, crossing transactions, short-term trades, high-frequency trading, gross witholding, cascading witholding taxes, special dividends, witholding agent, FATCA, specified notional principal contracts, SNPC, outstanding positions, dividend equivalent payments, abusive practices, non-U.S. persons, out-of-the-money, equity-linked swaps, options, futures, underlying security, strike price, dividend payment, dividend swaps, long-party, short-party, future dividend flow, anti-abuse rule, delta-one, International Swaps and Dealers Association, ISDA, delta, delta one instrument, non-delta one instrument, 90-Day Rule, retested, market forces, broad-based indices, market sector, credit, leverage, trading strategies, recognized independent index publisher, options contracts, proprietary index, preferred stock, common stock, illiquid securities, derivatives transactions, private funds, public float, hedge, synthetic exposure, offsetting position, individual trade determinations, investment algorithms, compliance restrictions, long equity swap, investment fund, single strategy fund, multi-strategy fund, average daily trading volume, ADTV, public float test, Bloomberg, direct or indirect "cross", crossing, full notional amount, internal tax review system, real-time identification of offsetting positions, 30 day liquidity, Department of the Treasury, overwitholding, extraordinary dividend, Options Clearing Corporation, OCC, ordinary divident, special dividend, OTC option, options market,

MFA Submits Comments to European Supervisory Authorities in Response to Joint Discussion Paper on Risk Mitigation Techniques04.02.12


MFA submitted a comment letter to the European Supervisory Authorities in response to their Discussion Paper on Draft Regulatory Technical […]

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Topics: Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities European Securities and Markets Authority, ESMA, European Supervisory Authorities, ESA, European Union, EU, over-the-counter derivatives, OTC derivatives, central clearing, risk-based margin requirements, risk mitigation techniques, European Banking Authority, European Insurance and Occupational Pension Authority, European Commission, liquidity, segregation regime, initial margin, posting party, receiving party, bankruptcy-remote, prudentially regulated financial counterparties, PRFC, segregation, netting, margin, investment firms, credit institutions, insurance undertakings, assurance undertakings, reinsurance undertakings, institutions for occupational retirement provision, non-cleared derivative contracts, hedging, prudential regulators, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, CFTC, counterparty credit risk, bilateral initial margin arrangements, variation margin, capital, derivatives markets, net margin, best practices, collateralization, non-cleared OTC derivatives, over-collateralization, highly correlated assets, credit default swap, CDS, interest rate swap, Eurodollar futures, physically-settling forwards, repurchase agreements, security lending agreements, intraday change, segregation of counterparty assets, NPRFC, non-prudentially regulated financial counterparties, NFCs+, non financial counterparties above the clearing threshold, non-cleared derivatives, buy-side firms, asymmetry, current market practice, perceived systemic relevance, systemic importance, uncollateralized, exposures, credit exposure, Basel rules, uniformity of application, due diligence, Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, Basel II, Basel III, creditworthiness, regulatory arbitrage, major swap participants, deep and liquid markets, substantial position in swaps, substantial counterparty exposure, international harmonization of regulations, bilateral exchange, market transparency, covered swap entities, de minimi exception, mark-to-market, standardized method, internal models, competitive advantages, discriminatory distortions, internal model method, legally required transparency, incremental compliance costs, segregated account, independent third party custodian, insolvency estate, tri-party custodial arrangements, bilateral arrangements, non-financial assets, eligible collateral, revaluation, haircuts, EMIR, margin calculations, daily valuation of collateral, dispute resolution procedures, party-specific variables,

MFA Submits Comments to the Monetary Authority of Singapore on Proposed Regulations on OTC Derivatives03.26.12


MFA submitted a comment letter to the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) in response to its Consultation Paper on Proposed […]

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Topics: Monetary Authority of Singapore MAS, OTC derivatives, over-the-counter derivatives, Consultation Paper on Proposed Regulation of OTC Derivatives, G20, OTC derivatives market, systemic risk, efficient capital flows, mandary clearing, clearing, bilateral market, risk management, derivatives transactions, trading mandate, liquid and standardized transactions, client access to clearing, clearing arrangements, margin methodologies, straight-through processing, central clearing, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, CFTC, Gary Gensler, Securities and Exchange Commission, Mary Schapiro, market participants, central counterparty, CCP, average notional value, clearing threshold, buy-side clearing, U.S. Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Dodd-Frank Act, backloading, Financial Stability Board, FSB, international harmonization of regulations, swaps, European Union, EU, European Commission, ESMA, legal entity identifiers, confidentiality, transaction data, counterparty identification, customized and proprietary investment strategies, intellectual property, International Organization of Securities Commissions, IOSCO, foreign regulator, financial entities, non-financial entities, Singapore, Form PF, margin requirements, netting, trading costs, aggregate counterparty credit risk, settlement risk, commercial banks, dealers, money changers, registered insurers, non-centrally cleared derivatives transactions, margin determinations, liquidation horizons, fragmentation of liquidity, clearing house, counterparty risk, recognized clearing houses, clearing facilities, real-time processing, barriers to entry, non-dealer client representation, risk committees, G20 commitments, regulatory regime, duplicative regulation, U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry, trade repositories, Securities and Futures Commission, Honk Kong Monetary Authority,

MFA Response to FSA Discussion Paper on Implementation of the AIFMD03.23.12


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Topics: FSA Discussion Paper "Implementation of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive" Financial Services Authority, FSA, Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive, AIFMD, non-EU AIFM, Member State competent authorities, letter-box entity, MiFID, MiFID firm, AIFMD firm, retail customers, professional investors, remuneration provisions, CRD3 framework, functional and hierarchal independence, risk management, internationally coordinated approach to reporting, European Securities and Markets Authority, ESMA, single AIFM, family relationship, family investment vehicle, UK AIFM, preferential treatment, side letters, retail consumers, FSA Principles for Business, FCA, UCITS Directive, retail investors, EU Passport, FCA Approach Document, conflicts of interest, SYSC 10 of the FSA Handbook, remuneration guidelines, MiFID portfolio managers, tier 4 firm, FSA Remuneration Code, compliance function, audit function, proportionality principle, regulatory requirements, regulatory risks, chief compliance officer, functional and hierarchical separation, portfolio management, portfolio management personnel, interest alignment, qualitative risk limit, UCITS investors, institutional investors, leverage, NAV, third country, Final Advice on the AIFMD, third country managers, capital requirements, PII requirements, IPRU (INV), professional indemnity insurance, professional negligence, internally managed AIF, CAD-defined terms, valuation procedures, external valuer, net asset value, limited partnership, hedge funds, NAV per share, liquidity requirements, redemption terms, less than fully invested, risk/return profile, net assets under management, investor capital, Value at Risk, VaR methodology, European Central Bank, foreign exchange, interest rate risk, EUR denominated bonds, portfolio risk, hedging arragements, CESR Guidelines on Risk Management and the Calculation of Global Exposure and Coutnerparty Risk for UCITS, CDS, Advanced Method, QIS disclosure requirements, prime brokers, exchanges, swap data warehouses, Dodd-Frank Act, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, Form PF, proprietary business information, depositary, unregulated CIS, segregated account, valuation oversight duties, depositary liability, marketing, reverse solicitation process, MiFID investment services, private placement, public offers,

MFA Submits Comments to ESMA in Response to Draft Technical Standards on OTC Derivatives, CCPs and Trade Repositories03.19.12


MFA submitted a comment letter to the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) in response to its Discussion Paper on […]

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Topics: OTC derivatives European Securities and Markets Authority, ESMA, EMIR, European Union, EU, over-the-counter derivatives, central clearing, counterparty and operational risk, market oversight, market integrity, systemic risk, derivatives market, OTC derivatives market, ESMA Discussion Paper on Draft Technical Stanards for the Regulation on OTC Derivatives CCPs and Trade Repositories, central counterparty, CCP, risk management expertise, straight-through processing, CCPs governance structure, clearing, competitive execution, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, CFTC, execution platform, alternative liquidity providers, electronic trading, real-time processing, international harmonization of regulations, client clearing models, third country counterparities, clearing obligation, extraterritorial application of EMIR, fund domicile, manager domicile, reference entity domicile, market location, reference security, underlying instrument, third country entities, principal of business, foreign exchange derivatives, interest rate derivatives, Euro, EU member currency, settlement currency, notional amount, indirect contractual arrangements, Cayman Islands, American Depository Receipt, ADR, Hong Kong, segregation, portability, indirect clearing models, guarantor, credit intermediary, execution documentation, credit intermediation, FIA-ISDA Cleared Derivatives Execution Agreement, futures commission merchant, FCM, swap dealer, SD, sublimit, Futures Industry Association, FIA, International Swap Derivatives Association, ISDA, clearing member, counterparty credit risk, indirect clearing, executing counterparty, back-to-back arrangements, trade acknowledgment, Dodd-Frank Act, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, security-based swaps, bespoke and customized transactions, electronically processed, CCP governance arragements, chief risk officer, chief technology officer, chief compliance officer, sound governance requirements, non-dealer representatives, risk committees, CCP committee, CCP Board, conflicts of interest, disclosure requirements, clients, record keeping, privacy and confidentiality of information, confidentiality agreements, CCP's margin models, confidence interval, liquidation period, lookback period, margin levels, margin requirements, technical standards, stress tesing, back testing, CCP data, non-default clearing members, clearing members, default, aggregation, public dissemination of information, transaction volumes, reasonably liquid traded instruments, confidentiality of counterparty identities, disclosure thresholds,