MFA Comment Letters

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MFA’s Comments to IOSCO on the Consultation Report on Unregulated Financial Markets and Products06.15.09


MFA submitted a letter to the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) in response to its Consultation Report on Unregulated […]

MFA Response to CESR Consultation Paper on a Proposal for a Pan-European Short Selling Disclosure Regime10.01.09


MFA submitted a letter to the Committee of European Securities Regulators (CESR) today in response to its Consultation Paper on a […]

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Topics: Committee of European Securities Regulators CESR, CESR Proposal for a Pan-European Short Selling Disclosure Regime, alternative investment managers, hedge funds, fund of funds, hybrid funds, 130/30 funds, managed futures funds, industry service providers, alternative investment industry, absolute return strategies, short selling, manipulative conduct, Market Confidence, stability, public disclosure of short positions, short positions, market volatility, price discovery, risk management, risk management function, significant adverse effect, financial services sector, investors, Issuer, market participants, de minimis, aggregated anonymised data, timeframe for reporting, transparency directive, meaningful data, short selling bans, global equity markets, academics, liquidity, bid-ask spread, price declines, materially negative impacts, market efficiency, short selling disclosure regime, equity markets, enhanced transparency, investment managers, abusive short selling practices, abusive practices, financial institutions, herding, institutional investors, retail investors, transaction costs, capital markets, free flow of information, chilling effect, alternative investment classes, Pension Funds, endowments, foundations, alternative investment vehicles, hedging strategies, capital formation, hedge, convertible arbitrage, short equity position, convertible bonds, traditional bond issuance, convertible securities, short squeeze, Reverse Engineered, trading strategies, long equity positions, exposures, Unwind, financial stocks, pricing efficiency, short selling prohibitions, European markets, large-scale short selling, extreme market conditions, negative returns, UK Financial Services Authority, FSA, securities prices, naked short selling, Journal of Finance, Credit Suisse, market stability, disclosure thresholds, private reporting, flagging short sales, Financial Regulatory Authority, FINRA, flagging regime, disproportionate costs, real time information, over-the-counter transactions, exchanges, trading platform, settlement, physical short sales transactions, EEA stock, extraterritoriality, European Union, EU, EEA equities, two-tier disclosure model, price amplification, market testing, MiFID, competent authorities, Member State competent authorities, professional secrecy, confidentiality, freedom of information regimes, harmonization, net economic short positions, transitory short position, abusive behavior, share issues, capital raising, index trading, basket trade, reporting regimes, net economic short position, asset management company, aggregation, prudential regulators, T+1 reporting, derivatives, derivative positions, delta adjusted, cumulative compliance costs, global capital markets, EU Member State, market maker, market making,

MFA Comments on Consultation on Increasing Short Position Transparency10.09.09


MFA submitted a letter to the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) today in response to its Consultation Paper […]

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Topics: Securities and Futures Commission SFC, short positions, Hong Kong, manipulative conduct, short selling, efficiency, liquidity, public disclosure of short positions, price discovery, risk management, financial stocks, net long position, financial services sector, non-public disclosure, confidentiality, market participants, anonymised disclosure, short selling bans, global equity markets, bid-ask spreads, short sellers, short selling disclosure regime, transparency, cash markets, close out indicators, on-market transactions, derivatives, exchange trading, off-exchange transaction, hedging strategies, stocks, delta adjusted, designated securities, listed corporations, non-designated securities, OTC transaction, dual-listed securities, CESR, pan-European short selling disclosure regime, primary market, Hong Kong market, net short positions, transitory short position, reporting threshold, FSA, Financial Services Authority, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, turnover ratio, price volatility, capital raising, settlement, SEHK, market volatility, investment managers, private reporting, chilling effect, market efficiency, price formation, short squeeze, herding, volatility, institutional investors, retail investors, transaction costs, alternative investment classes, pensions, endowments, foundations, market liquidity, capital formation, convertible arbitrage, convertible bonds, copycat behavior, proprietary research, market making, Journal of Finance,

Comment Letter to Responding to ESMA’s Call for Evidence Regarding Level 2 Implementation of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive01.14.11


On January 14, MFA submitted comments to the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) in response to a call for […]

Comment Letter Responding to SEC’s Proposal to Implement Amendments to the Advisers Act Contained in Title IV of the Dodd-Frank Act01.24.11


MFA submitted a comment letter todayto the SEC on its proposal to implement amendments to the Advisers Act contained in […]

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Topics: Securities and Exchange Commission De Minimis Amount, Investment Management, Richard H. Baker, Hearing on Industry Perspectives on the Obama Administration's Financial Regulatory Reform Proposals, Committee on Financial Services, U.S. House of Representatives, venture capital funds, private fund managers, Effective Date of Title IV, registration requirements, Mid-Sized Managers, Securities Commissioner, Exemption, hedge fund industry, Unregistered Managers, SEC-Registered Managers, Substantive Provision, effective date, net assets, Commission on Form ADV, Incentive-Based Compensation Arrangements, Hedge Fund Manager Registration Rul, performance fee, Income Thresholds, Grandfathering Provisions, equity owner, private adviser exemption, transitional relief, qualified purchaser, qualified client standard, Investment Adviser Registration Depository, IARD, SEC, Registration Process, SEC's Contract, IARD System, Duplicative Filing, NSMIA, Form ADV-T, regulatory assets under management, Proprietary Accounts of the Manager, Threshold of $25 Million, assets under management, Portfolios, investment adviser, Form ADV Part 1A, Instruction 5.b., threshold, registration, state securities commission, Mid-Sized Manager, SEC-registered investment advisers, Family Accounts, Proprietary Accounts, pooled investment vehicle, gross assets, hedge funds, leverage, collateral, counterparties, FSA, systemic risk, Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, Leverage Ratios, European Central Bank, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, Columbia University, The Turner Review, Definition, proprietary information, valuation methodology, generally accepted accounting principles, GAAP, Debt-to-Equity, Instruction 5.b(4), Fair Value Methodology, International Accounting Standards, Difficult-to-Value Assets, Valuation Information, Private Fund Information, Compliance Risks, public disclosure, beneficial owners, Investor Protection Benefits, Fair Valu Hierarchy, Schedule D, Section 7.B.1, Proposed Items 14, 15, 17, 13 and 29, 11 and 12, $1 Billion, Incentive-Based, Excessive Compensation, banks, Credit Unions, broker dealers, assets, Proposed Items 5.A, 5.D and 5.F, Form ADV, Part 1A, Proposed Instruction 1.b., hedge fund managers, Depository Institutions, Taxpayer Money, National Securities Exchanges, Wealth and Income Requirements, Tier 1 Financial Holding Company, Compensation Structure, Unit-Linked Life Insurance,

Comment Letter on Proposed Rulemaking for Systemically Significant Institutions02.25.11


MFA submitted a letter to the Financial Stability Oversight Council in response to the Councils proposed rule regarding the criteria […]

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 Responding to FSB’s Background Note, ‘Shadow Banking: Scoping the Issues’05.16.11


MFA submitted a comment letter in response to the FSBs Background Note on Shadow Banking. In our letter, we discussed […]

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Topics: Financial Stability Board Shadow Banking: Scoping the Issues, shadow banking system, banks, broker dealers, Background Note, hedge fund industry, concentration of assets, low leverage, borrowing arrangements, derivatives contracts, stable capital, regulation, credit intermediation chain, Distribution/Wholesale Funding, non-bank institutional investors, long-only mutual funds, insurance companies, Pension Funds, private equity funds, large corporate investors, systemic risk concerns, maturity transformation, liquidity transformation, individual adviser, hedge fund adviser, asset concentration, asset management structures, interconnectedness of hedge funds, systemic impact of hedge funds, The UK Financial Services Authority, FSA, legal separation of different funds, bank holding companies, nonbank financial institutions, secured borrowings, manage liquidity risk, investors, bank/broker counterparts, secured basis, short term liability, repo liabilities, ABCP conduits, mutual funds, collateral, margining process, haircuts, initial margin, mark-to market margining, repo sellers, repo collateral, highly leveraged financial institutions, hedge fund borrowings, Long Term Capital Management, LTCM, U.S. President's Working Group on Financial Markets, counterparty risk management, Counterparty Risk Management Policy Group, hedge fund leverage, regulatory arbitrage, regulatory arbitrage concerns, off-balance sheet vehicles, direct regulation of entities, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, macro-prudential approach,