MFA Comment Letters

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MFA Submits Letter and White Paper on Protection of Non-Public, Sensitive, and Proprietary Information by FSOC Members05.22.13


MFA submitted a cover letter and white paper to each member of the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) on the […]

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Topics: FSOC Financial Stability Oversight Council, market structure, SEC, CFTC, CTA, CPO, Securities and Exchange Commission, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Dodd-Frank Act, market participants, financial stability, Managed Funds Association, Department of the Treasury, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, FDIC, Federal Housing Finance Agency, National Credit Union Administration, Office of Financial Research, Federal Insurance Office, data collection, research, trade sectrets, liquidation, investment advisers, Richard H. Baker, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services, data repositories, Trading Activities, harmonization, U.S. securities law, commodity pool operator, commodity trading advisor, self-regulatory organization, SRO, intermediary, broker-dealer, futures commission merchants, FCM, swap data repository, SDR, clearinghouses, systemic risk, Form PF, Form CPO-PQR, Form CTA-PR, registered investment adviser, adviser registration, substituted compliance, confidentiality, inspector general reports, Reverse Engineered, Trade Secrets, front running, SEC Office of Inspector General, Andrei Kirilenko, Adam Clark-Joseph, Jaksa Cvitanic, high frequency trading, National Institute of Standards and Technology, NIST, reporting, President Obama, information security program, Rulemaking, Council of Inspectors General on Financial Oversight, CIGFO, Security-Based Swap Data Repositories, SBSDR, Designated Clearing Organizations, DCO, Richard A. Shilts, legal entity identifiers,

MFA Coalition Submits Joint Letter to SEC and CFTC on CDS Customer Portfolio Margining05.10.13


MFA, the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI), and the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) (collectively, the “Associations”) submitted a […]

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Topics: ACLI American Council of Life Insurers, AIMA, Alternative Investment Management Association, Mary Jo White, Gary Gensler, SEC, CFTC, Securities and Exchange Commission, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, portfolio margining, clearing, ICE Clear Credit LLC, security-based swaps, swaps, credit default swaps, CDS, buy-side participants, sell-side firms, margin, central clearing, Investor Protection, market efficiency, derivatives, hedging, FCM, futures commission merchants, broker-dealer, single-name CDS, economic barriers, systemic risk, counterparty credit risk, credit risk, offsetting position, collateral, price distortion, broad-based indices, narrow-based index credit default swap, initial margin, initial margin requirements, margin requirements, registered clearing agencies, derivatives clearing organization, DCO, clearinghouse, capital, segregation, clearing agency, self-clearing members, dealers, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, FINRA, end-users, regulatory framework, interconnectedness, ICE Trust, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, settlement, New York State Banking Department, risk management, variation margin, long-short strategies, interest rate swaps, market participants, clearing mandate, master netting agreements, voluntary clearing, backloading, iTraxx Europe, liquidity, liquidity requirements, tri-party segregation arrangements, custody bank, institutional custodian, excess margin, legal segregation with operation commingling, LSOC, LSOC with excess, directional portfolio, insolvency, equity markets, arbitrage, S&P 500, price competition, direct clearing members, DCM, liquidation, proprietary strategies, volatility, net margin, margining, straight-through processing, counterparty risk, speculative position, Options Clearing Corporation, OCC, short straddles, capital formation,

MFA Submits Comments on Basel-IOSCO Second Consultative Document on Margin Requirements for Uncleared Derivatives03.15.13


MFA submitted a comment letter to the Working Group on Margining Requirements (WGMR) of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision […]

MFA and AIMA Submit Joint Letter to ESMA in Response to Call for Evidence on Short Selling Regulation03.15.13


MFA and AIMA jointly submitted a comment letter to ESMA responding to its Call for Evidence regarding its evaluation of […]

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Topics: ESMA European Securities and Markets Authority, AIMA, Alternative Investment Management Association, European Parliament, Council of the European Union, short selling, credit default swap, CDS, short selling regulation, Europe, equity, assets under management, AUM, harmonization, competent authorities, reporting requirements, short positions, European Commission, operational challenges, short selling bans, market participants, securities, sovereign issuer, capital, liquidity, price discovery, market distortions, hedging, risk, sovereign debt, Latvia, bond, sovereign bonds, EU Member State, futures, futures market, public disclosure, stock, reverse engineer, efficiency, short squeeze, volatility, reporting obligation, T+1 reporting, hedge funds, price formation, corporate issuer, Lehman Brothers, duration, delta, derivatives, share capital, index derivatives, AIFMD, MiFID, EMIR, net short position, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, BaFin, United Kingdom, Commissione Nazionale per le Societa e la Borsa, Committee of European Securities Regulators, CESR, issued share capital, T+2, Bundesanstalt fur Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht, settlement, locate, prime broker, index, third party managers, technical standards, non-EU investment firms, extraterritoriality, reasonable expectation, uncovered sovereign CDS, eurozone, mark-to-market, single-name CDS, France, Spain, Italy, trading volume, Steven Maijoor, bid-ask spreads, price efficiency, derivative instrument, depositary receipts, London Stock Exchange, PRNewswire, Stock Exchange Daily Official List, compliance, market disruption, interpretive guidance,

MFA Submits Letter to SEC on Proposed Capital, Margin, and Segregation Rules02.22.13


MFA submitted a comment letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on its proposed rules on “Capital, Margin, and […]

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Topics: Securities and Exchange Commission SEC, margin, capital, segregation, Security-Based Swap Dealer, Major Security-Based Swap Participant, capital requirements, broker-dealer, risk, security-based swaps, customer collateral, Dodd-Frank Act, CFTC, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Private Funds Managers, Investor Protection, regulation, international regulatory standards, efficiency, capital formation, liquidity, collateral, margin requirements, market participants, variation margin, netting, margining, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, FINRA, international harmonization of regulations, regulatory arbitrage, federal register, bilateral exchange of variation margin, best practices, counterparty risk, systemic risk, risk management, portfolio margining, securities, cross-product master netting agreements, initial margin, financial system, asset class, counterparties, prudential regulators, leverage, derivatives, tri-party custodial arrangements, customer protection, omnibus segregation, default, fellow customer risk, legal segregation with operation commingling, LSOC, swap dealers, Major Swap Participant, Individual Segregation, buy-side firms, non-commercial end-users, hedge funds, credit risk, capital inefficiency, transparency, Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, International Organization of Securities Commissions, IOSCO, Working Group on Margining Requirements, central clearing, compliance, registered clearing agencies, mandatory clearing, compliance date, two-way margining, reform, collateral management, asymmetrical initial margin exchange, pension, endowments, university endowment, financial crisis, "too big to fail, too interconnected to fail, American International Group, AIG, House Committee on Financial Services, Ben Bernanke, Federal Reserve Board, 111th Congress, financial contagion, financial institutions, asymmetry, portfolio reconciliation, portfolio compression, Swap Trading Relationship Documentation, swap dealer, collateral management stystems, trading costs, complexity, settlement risk, credit default swap, CDS, OTC derivatives, forwards, repurchase agreements, Value at Risk, VaR, financial instrument, cross-margining, Options Clearing Corporation, Chicago Mercantile Exchange Holdings Inc., New York Portfolio Clearing LLC, LCH.Clearnet Ltd., customer replicability, proprietary information, reconciliation, market risk, haircuts, Cash Flow, pro-cyclical effects, creditworthiness, multiplier, customized risk management tools, sell-side firms, liquidation time horizon, product type, market practice, ISDA, U.S. dollar, settlement, money market instruments, eligible collateral, capital charge, Lehman Brothers, bankruptcy, bankruptcy estate, third-party custody arrangement, enhanced protections, Notice of Exclusive Control, Investment Company Institute, ICI, White Paper, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, SIFMA, liquidation, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, tentative net capital, dealers, Eric Chern, Chicago Trading Company, \, operational risk, Security-Based Swap Transactions, Darrell Duffie, Federal Reserve Bank of New York Staff Report No. 424, ICE Clear Europe Limited, segregation model, DCO, derivatives clearing organization, portability, insolvency, out-of-the-money, operational and legal commingling, default segregation model, MF Global Inc., Peregrine Financial Group, Fraud, investment risk, Russell Wasendorf, accounting, operational costs, Broker, Dealer, ISDA Margin Survey 2012, European Commission, European Parliament, Council of the European Union, central counterparty, CCP, trade repositories, commodity broker, Bart Chilton, Division of Clearing and Intermediary Oversight, Robert Wasserman, independent third party custodian, state bank regulator, state and federal laws,

MFA Submits Letter to CFTC on Proposed Rules on Enhancing Customer Protections02.15.13


MFA submitted a comment letter to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) on its proposed rulemaking on “Enhancing Protections Afforded […]