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Comment Letter to ESMA on its Draft Technical Advice to the European Commission for Implementing AIFMD09.13.11


MFA submitted comments to ESMA on its consultation on possible implementing measures of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD). […]

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Topics: AIFMD the directive, Level 2, third party managers, European Commission, consultation paper, AIF, UCITS Directive, MiFID, professional investors, retail investors, marketing, counterparties, prime brokers, net asset value, Article 61, AUM, AUM Calculations, mark-to-market, EU investors, sub-investment managers, Dodd-Frank, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, Investment Advisers Act of 1940, Advisers Act, registration, private funds, G-20, international coordination, Article 3(2), Article 9(3), professional indemnity insurance requirements, Gross Method, exposure, leverage, foreign exchange hedging position, interest rate hedging position, Box 93, Box 2, Box 1, NAV, Advanced Method, Box 13, diligence requirement, OTC transaction, securities lending agreement, repurchase agreement, Box 19, Box 29, risk management, risk limits, operational risk, portfolio management, market risk, portfolio risk, liquidity risk, gates, side pockets, redemption policy, depositaries, depositary, bespoke system, Box 78, collateral directive, Box 79, liability standards, Financial Services Authority, FSA, re-hypothecation provisions, Box 81, Box 86, due diligence, sub-custodian, Box 88, segregation, Box 89, omnibus accounts, liability regime, Box 95, Box 99, Value at Risk, VaR, Commitment Method, European Central Bank, ECB, Committee on European Securities Regulators, CESR Guidelines, credit default swap, CDS, remuneration, EU Passport, transparency, Box 106, passport regime, safe-keeping function, confidentiality, proprietary information, systemic risk, semi-annual reporting, collateral, counterparty exposures, Form PF, reporting period, generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), Level 2 inputs, Level 3 inputs, valuation agents, underwriters, unobservable,

Comment Letter on IOSCO’s Consultation Report on ‘Regulatory Issues Raised by the Impact of Technological Changes on Market Integrity and Efficiency,’08.12.11


MFA submitted comments to IOSCO on its consultation report on Regulatory Issues Raised by the Impact of Technological Changes on […]

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Topics: Mr. Werner Bijkerk International Organization of Securities Commissions, Spain, Technical Committee of the International Organization of Securities Commissions, OSCO, Regulatory Issues Raised by the Impact of Technological Change on Market Integrity and Efficiency, Consultation Report, high frequency trading, HFT, market trends, technological developments, institutional investors, pensions, endowments, foundations, insurance companies, market liquidity, Economic Growth, market efficiencies, market access, market information, transaction fees, order execution, Technical Committee, empirical data, algorithmic trading, trading strategies, Gomber, Arndt, Lutat, Uhle, transaction delivery, Peter Gomber, electronic markets, computer programs, monopolies, proprietary, investment time horizons, low latency, broker dealers, sponsored access, spreads, fees, execution speed, market depth, efficiency, transparency, pricing reliability, TAGG Group, fixed commission rates, Schwab, E-Trade, Fidelity, TD Ameritrade, passive, long-term, mutual funds, algorithms, proprietary trading tools, executing brokers, third party vendors, buy-side brokers, fiduciary obligation, educational campaigns, Flash Crash of May 6, 2010, flash crash, market dislocations, Dow Jones Industrial Average, Market Break of 1962, Securities Exchange Commission, SEC, 1963 Special Study of the Securities Markets, 1963 Special Study, New York Stock Exchange, dark pools, wait-and-see, single-stock circuit breakers, CFTC, Joint Advisory Committee on Emerging Regulatory Issues, bid-ask spreads, Thomson, NBBO, Barclays Capital Equity Research, EU, Japan, Germany, UK, France, Nasdaq, Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, LaBranche, Barclays Plc., institutional investor, Financial Crisis of 2008, Rosenblatt Securities, AIG, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Washington Mutual, Market Crash of 1987, intermediary firm, DEA, circuit breakers, limit-up/limit-down systems, erroneous trades, Elizabeth Murphy, Joint Industry Limit Up-Limit Down Proposal, two-sided displayed quotes, oversight, affirmative stock locate framework, ETFs, quote stuffing, order-to-trade ratios, co-location services, standardize disclosure, connectivity, TABB Group, effective spreads in European equities, Division of Risk, Strategy and Innovation memorandum, threshold securities, National Securities Clearing Corporation, NSCC, Office of Markets in the Division of Risk, Strategy and Financial Innovation,

Letter to the European Commission in Response to its Consultation Paper, Review of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID)02.02.11


MFA submitted comments to the European Commission in response to its Consultation Paper, Review of the Markets in Financial Instruments […]

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Topics: European Commission Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, MiFID, regulatory framework, market stability, risk capital, proprietary strategies, surveillance tools, European Union, EU, financial regulatory system, hedge funds, OTC, commodity derivatives market, Investor Protection, title transfer collateral arrangements, non-retail clients, third country firms, "strict equivalence" regime, electronic trading platforms, liquid derivatives, exchange trading, exchange-traded products, European OTC derivatives markets, US markets, Asian Markets, ESMA, sufficiently liquid, European Commission on Standardisation and Organised Platform Trading of OTC Derivatives, Organised Trading Venues, cost-effective manner, reduced transaction costs, algorithmic trading, broker dealers, market impact, accurate price discovery, high frequency trading, HFT, market makers, low latency technology, strategy holding periods, horizon strategies, fleeting arbitrage opportunities, risk management, electronic market-making, technology-driven market makers, inventory risk, risk exposure, inter-market arbitrage, ultra low-latency technology, capital formation, automated execution technology, global connectivity infrastructure, financial institutions, market connectivity intermediaries, direct market access, flash crash, HFT trades, non-HFT trade, asset managers, insurance companies, banks, brokers, automated trading, arbitraging, minimum quantitative threshold, portfolio manager, alternative investment fund managers, AIFM directive, UCITS Directive, level playing field, non-EU asset managers, risk controls, pre-trade checks, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, circuit breakers, market-wide single stock circuit breakers, limit up system, limit down system, speed bumps, trading delays, specified maximum execution speeds, co-location facilities, latency, liquidity, investor confidence, technological innovation, short-term price swings, low latency technology chain, minimum tick sizes, liquid market, deep market, liquidity provision requirements, article 4(8) of MiFID, broker-dealer capital, margin requirements, concentrated risk solution, regulatory "tax, market efficiency, minimum duration of orders, limit orders, stale orders, affirmative and negative obligations, pre-trade transparency, post-trade transparency, investment strategies, safeguards, equity markets, waivers, dark pools, equity investors, pre-trade transparency waivers, order stubs, alternative trading systems, ATSs, indications of interest, IOIs, actionable IOIs, block sized trades, daily trading volume threshold, order-slicing methodologies, price discovery, post-trade reporting proposals, depositary receipts, exchange traded funds, certificates, UCITS, non-EU markets, non-EU investment firms, MiFID framework directive, non-equity instruments, comprehensive price date, comprehensive notional data, regulatory transparency thresholds, data consolidation, approved publication arrangements, APAs, European Consolidated Tape, Consolidated Tape, Congress, National Market System, composite quotation system, consolidated transaction reporting system, quotations, Consolidated Tape Association, opaque market centers, sharp shoot, order flow, US Securities Industry Automation Corporation, national best bid and offer, depth of market quotations, reporting protocols, third party information vendors, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, NetCoalition, Yahoo Inc, Google, Bloomberg L.P., depth-of-market fees, NetCoalition v. Securities and Exchange Commission, core date, consolidated core data, CQ plan, position-level data, harmonised position information, reasonable threshold, nexus, trader ID, transaction report, confidentiality obligation, client identifier, statutory obligation, OTC contract, trade repository, summary disclosure, ex-post disclosure, ex-ante disclosure, conflicts of interest, title transfer collateral arrangement, retail client, member states, cash balance, risk warnings, securities financing transaction, information requirements, due diligence obligations, third country regime, equivalence mechanism, strict equivalence, market disorder, systemic risk, unilateral bans, market turmoil, cost/benefit analysis, regulatory authorities, consultation papers, systemic risk grounds, CCP, capital flows, lending flows, credit flows, International Swaps and Derivatives Association, ISDA, G20, Financial Stability Board, European Market Infrastructure Regulation, EMIR, sovereign CDS, European Commission's report of Sovereign CDS, credit default swaps, CDS market, hedgers, hard position limits, physical commodity markets, market manipulation, position management, mechanical imposition, commodity derivatives, CESR, UK Treasury and Financial Services Authority, price movement, derivatives position, Disclosure, reporting obligations, transparency directive, security-based derivatives, European Commission Request for Additional Information in relation to the Review of MiFID, volatility, non-hedging, aggregate open interest/notional amount, reporting regimes, contract, market data,

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 […]

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,