MFA Comment Letters

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MFA Submits Letter to ESMA on Draft Technical Standards on OTC Derivatives08.05.12


MFA submitted a comment letter to the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) in response to its Consultation Paper on “Draft Technical […]

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Topics: European Securities and Markets Authority ESMA, over-the-counter derivatives, OTC derivatives, CCP, trade repositories, European Parliament, Council of the European Union, OTC derivatives transactions, central counterparty, EMIR, central clearing, systemic risk, transparency, collateral, segregation, regulatory technical standards, straight-through processing, OTC derivatives market, market participants, Dealer, portability, client protections, contractual relationship, clearing member, CPSS-IOSCO, CPSS-IOSCO standards, CCP governing bodies, margin valuation, margin, risk management, risk management framework, conflicts of interest, fiduciary duty, International Organization of Securities Commissions, IOSCO, proprietary trading tools, risk committee, derivatives contracts, derivatives, risk profile, interlocking governance arrangements, trading venues, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, CFTC, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, internal controls, over-collateralization, in-the-money swap, "delta" hedge, swaps, credit default swap, CDS, negative correlation, capital, trading costs, credit risk, indirect clearing, non-linear products, Europe, European Union, EU, administrator, omnibus account, default, principal basis, agency basis, gross basis, net basis, LCH Clearnet, indirect client, direct client, close-out, extraterritorial application of EMIR, extraterritoriality, risk mitigation, Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Asia, regulatory arbitrage, Regulators, counterparty risk, duplicative regulation, mutual recognition, third country regime, interpretive guidance, Cross-Border, index, foreign exchange, Euro, currency, interest rate derivatives, EU Member State, non-cleared OTC derivatives, compliance, default fund, portfolio reconciliation, portfolio compression, self-regulatory organization, SRO, swap dealers, major swap participants, Derivative Contracts, bilateral non-cleared OTC derivatives transactions, execution, hedging, upfront payment, floating rate payment, coupon, maturity, bespoke non-cleared trades, security-based swaps, debt-security based swaps, total return swaps, settlement prices, Proprietary Trading Strategy, public disclosure, confidence interval, margin requirements, financial instrument, posted collateral, interest rate swaps, Stan Ivanov, Lee Underwood, variation margin, initial margin, Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, Basel III, liquidation horizons, bilateral counterparty credit risk, netting, transaction fees, liquidity fragmentation, affiliated market participants, money market instruments, credit institutions, stress testing, back testing,

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 Comments to SEC Supporting ICE Clear Credit’s Portfolio Margining Petition06.13.12


MFA submitted a comment letter to the SEC in support of ICE Clear Credit LLC’s portfolio margining petition.  In the […]

MFA Submits White Paper to European Commission on Shadow Banking06.01.12


On June 1, MFA submitted a white paper on hedge funds and shadow banking in response to the European Commission’s […]

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Topics: European Commission European Union, EU, Green Paper "Shadow Banking", shadow banking, shadow banking system, systemic risk, Background Note, Background Note "Shadow Banking: Scoping the Issues", Financial Stability Board, FSB, hedge fund industry, credit hedge funds, leverage, investor, counterparties, regulatory framework, regulatory arbitrage, financial industries, mutual funds, banks, financial market, investment strategies, asset classes, liquidity transformation, maturity transformation, risk analysis, liquidity protections, liquidity, equity investors, financial institutions, demand deposit accounts, collateral, margin, deposit-like characteristics, redemption terms, secured borrowings, direct lending, direct loan market, AIFMD, Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive, Dodd-Frank Act, Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, originator, derivative transactions, total return swaps, secured financing, credit intermediation, non-bank financial insitutions, bank-like activities, maturity tra, G20, nonbank credit intermediation, hedge fund counterparties, broker-dealer, risk management, hidden leverage, bank-like regulation, assets under management, AUM, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, state securities regulators, regulatory assets under management, RAUM, U.S. Securities Laws, chief compliance officer, hedge fund managers, Form ADV, investment advisers, Form PF, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, CFTC, Financial Stability Oversight Council, FSOC, commodity futures contracts, swaps, commodity pool, commodity trading advisor, CTA, over-the-counter derivatives, OTC derivatives, central clearing, derivatives, segregation, transparency, major swap participants, swap dealers, derivatives market, Office of Financial Research, OFR, systemically important financial institution, SIFI, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Fed, prudential regulation, Doug Elliott, Brookings Institution, absolute risk, Volcker Rule, Long Term Capital Management, "too big to fail, government insurance, market based regulations, House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, private equity, venture capital funds, property-casualty insurance, mutual funds management, money market funds, public company equity securities, institutional investment manager, insider trading, Department of the Treasury, Bureau of Economic Analysis, EU Member State, MiFID, Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, European Market Infrastructure Regulation, EMIR, Investment Company Institute, ICI, United Kingdom, counter-cyclical, creditor, taxpayer, sophisticated investors, instant liquidity funds, discount windows, gates, lock-up periods, side pockets, Financial Services Authority, FSA, uncollateralized loans, initial margin, variation margin, asset-backed commercial paper conduits, ABCP conduits, structured investment vehicles, SIV, Columbia University, leverage ratio, Lord Adair Turner, Hedge Fund Research, asset-backed securities, corporate bonds, government bonds, small and medium-sized enterprises, SME, leveraged loan markets, quantitative strategies, credit arbitrage strategies, fundamental credit analysis, distressed restructuring strategies, fixed income instruments, bankruptcy, private issue/Regulation D strategies, Regulation D, private investment in public equity, PIPE, relative value, pricing discrepancy, fixed income - asset backed, loans, credit cards, receivables, real estate, tangible financial commitments, fixed income - convertible arbitrage, convertible arbitrage, fixed income - corporate, corporate fixed income instrument, relative value - multi-strategies, Master Limited Partnership,

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 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,