MFA Comment Letters

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Comment Letter Regarding SEC Study on the Whether the Establishment of a Self-Regulatory Organization Would Improve the Frequency of Examinations of Investment Advisers12.16.10


MFA submitted a letter today providing comments to the SEC on Section 914 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which requires the […]

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Topics: investment adviser examination self-regulatory organization, SRO, securities market, hedge fund managers, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, Commodities Futures Trading Commission, CFTC, private fund manager, capital formation, broker dealers, oversight, derivative, derivatives trading activities, investment activity, insider trading, short selling, Disclosure, purchase, sale, nregistered securities, broker-dealer, clearing agencies, over-the-counter derivatives, OTC derivatives, swap dealers, swaps, major swap participants, msp, initial margin, variation margin, transparency, Transaction Reporting, systemic risk, assets under management, leverage, trading positions, counterparties, liquidation, Investor Protection, Compliance Policies, chief compliance officer, Obama Administration's Financial Regulatory Reform Proposals, Committee on Financial Services, U.S. House of Representatives, Department of Labor, Department of the Treasury, National Association of Securities Dealers, NASD, over-the-counter securities markets, Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, OCIE, forensic accounting, compliance, registration, check-the-box, fiduciary duty, securities transactions, investment advisory firm, financial planners, traditional asset management firm, wealth managers, small advisers, mutual fund, pension, FINRA, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, clearing, custody, securities lending, reporting, Financial Stability Oversight Council, FSOC, Investment Adviser Association and National Regulatory Services, Dodd-Frank Act,

MFA Comments on SEC Regulatory Initiatives Under the Dodd-Frank Act09.22.10


MFA submitted initial comments to the SEC and the CFTC on regulatory initiatives in each agencys purview under the Dodd-Frank […]

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Topics: Commodity Futures Trading Commission CFTC, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, financial regulatory system, hedge funds, financial crisis, institutional investors, OTC derivatives market, over-the-counter derivatives market, systemic risk, operational risk, transparency, capital markets, U.S. Banking Industry, Columbia University, Investment Company Institute, Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council, leverage, market discipline, investor confidence, market stability, risk capital, proprietary strategies, international coordination, financial risk, business risk, swap dealer, swap, Counterparty, market maker, futures commission merchant, FCM, futures, Major Swap Participant, msp, non-swap dealer, AIG, initial margin, variation margin, substantial position, offsetting position, clearing, central clearing, liquidity, regulatory capital requirements, creditor, depositor, Tier 1 capital, pension plans, endowments, cleared swaps, uncleared swaps, security-based swaps, collateral, non-bank MSP, Swap Execution Facility, SEF, futures market, risk management, central counterparties, CCP, risk model, customer protection, risk committee, proprietary asset, customer asset, third party custodian, segregation, omnibus account, individual account, reporting, Designated Contract Market, market integrity, physical market, position limits, contract market, commodity trading advisor, CTA, investment adviser, Peavey Commodity Futures Fund no-action letter, commodity pool operator, Financial Stability Oversight Council, FSOC, Office of Financial Research, owned funds, residual value, managed funds, investment portfolio, roll-over, commercial paper, credit exposure, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, FDIC, Troubled Asset Relief Program, TARP, Federal Reserve, "too big to fail, bankruptcy law, Bondholder, private investment funds, mutual fund, client, pooled vehicle, pooled investment vehicle, Investor Protection, self-regulatory organization, SRO, investment adviser examination, Comptroller General of the United States, capital formation, Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, OCIE, private funds, global banks, retail clients, proprietary information, Confidential Information, Venture Capital Fund, family office, accredited investor, qualified client, knowledgeable employees, transitional relief, performance reports, market makers, Broker, fiduciary, Major Security-Based Swap Participant, MSSP, registration, margin requirement, risk profile, financial entities, Price Manipulation, executive compensation, many-to-many platform, covered financial institution, Incentive-Based Compensation Arrangements, Regulation D, disqalifying felons, Bad Actors, CUSIP number, short selling, Disclosure, price discovery, volatility, retail funds, global market, equity market, herding, Form SH, beneficial ownership, short swing profit reporting, fiduciary standard, Investor Advisory Committee, European Commission, EC, European Union, EU, European Parliament, EP, European Council of Finance Ministers, alternative investment funds, AIFs, SEC-registered advisers, Secretary Geithner, European Commissioner Michel Barnier, U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling, non-bank financial companies,

Comment Letter to SEC Responding to Concept Release on Equity Market Structure05.07.10


MFA submitted a letter to the SEC in response to its request for comments on its Equity Market Structure Concept […]

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Topics: Securities and Exchange Commission SEC, Equity Market Structure, order handling rules, regulation ATS, decimalization, Regulation NMS, institutional investors, retail investors, liquidity, bid-ask spreads, transaction costs, technology, non-public trading, risk management, broker dealers, capital formation, long-term investors, short-term traders, registered investment advisers, private investment pools, pensions, endowments, foundations, insurance companies, direct market access, sponsored access, low latency technology, high frequency trading, HFT, automated trading, investor confidence, trading volume, order cancellations, market maker, specialist quotes, algorithm, quantitative strategies, global financial crisis, frontrunning, order anticipation, public information, momentum ignition, dark pools, Office of Economic Analysis, post-trade execution, National Market System, electronic communication networks, ECN, alternative trading systems, Intermarket Trading System Plan, ITS, Nasdaq, electronically accessibel quotes, New York Stock Exchange, NYSE, U.S. Department of Justice, National Association of Securities Dealers Inc., proprietary trading, electronic trading desks, inventory risks, inter-market arbitrage, price discovery, spreads, fees, execution speed, market depth, efficiency, transparency, Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, France, hedging, Market Crash of 1987, asset classes, fixed income, buyers, sellers, market fragmentation, investment time horizon, capital allocation, mutual fund, trading desk, competitive barriers, U.S Treasury bonds, Treasury ETF, large cap stocks, small cap stocks, securities lending, quote flickering, phantom liquidity, cancellation rate, limit orders, order protection rule, market consolidation, Designated Market Maker, volatility, short selling, market color, trends, sector change, co-location, price swings, pinging, upstairs market, post-trade transparency, connectivity vendors,

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,

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,