MFA Comment Letters

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MFA and AIMA Submit Joint Letter to CFTC on Further Proposed Cross-Border Guidance02.06.13


MFA and AIMA jointly submitted a comment letter to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) on its “Further Proposed Guidance […]

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Topics: Commodity Futures Trading Commission CFTC, Cross-Border, swaps, duplicative regulation, Alternative Investment Management Association, AIMA, Dodd-Frank Act, prime brokers, hedge fund managers, U.S. person, interpretive guidance, market participants, Corporation, partnership, Limited Liability Company, LLC, Trust, joint-stock company, direct or indirect ownership, commodity pool, pooled accounts, collective investment vehicles, commodity pool operator, CPO, pension, estate, income tax, principal place of business test, investment manager, limited liability partnership, LLP, investment fund, ownership test, derivatives, OTC derivatives, over-the-counter derivatives, OTC derivatives market, international harmonization of regulations, regulatory framework, swap dealer, Major Swap Participant, msp, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, European Securities and Markets Authority, ESMA, European Parliament, Council of the European Union, central counterparty, CCP, trade repositories, mandatory clearing requirements, clearing, central clearing, systemic risk, Gary Gensler, Mary Schapiro, OTC derivatives reform, CPPSS-IOSCO, IOSCO, International Organization of Securities Commissions, European Union, EU, Hong Kong Monetary Authority, Hong Kong, Monetary Authority of Singapore, Singapore, MAS, foreign regulators, Dealer, buy-side market participants, registration, adviser registration, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, OCC, majority ownership, Look Through, fund of funds, listed entity, Form CPO-PQR, de minimis, commodities, phase-in period, execution, G20, G20 commitments, transparency,

MFA Submits Accompanying Portfolio Margining Letter11.26.12


MFA submitted a supplemental comment letter to the U.S. prudential regulators during the reopened comment period for their proposed rulemaking […]

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Topics: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Federal Housing Finance Agency, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, FDIC, Farm Credit Administration, capital requirements, margin, covered swap entities, prudential regulators, swap dealer, Major Swap Participant, Security-Based Swap Dealer, Major Security-Based Swap Participant, Dodd-Frank Act, portfolio margining, cross-margining, futures, options, swaps, security-based swaps, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, CFTC, futures commission merchant, FCM, broker-dealer, initial margin, collateral, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, regulatory regime, market participants, Options Clearing Corporation, Chicago mercantile exchange, New York Portfolio Clearing LLC, LCH.Clearnet Ltd., capital markets, over-the-counter derivatives, OTC derivatives, master netting agreements, affiliate-held collateral, Dealer, derivatives clearing organization, segmentation, market liquidity, liquidity, end-users, hedging, mandatory clearing, credit default swap, CDS, index CDS, redundant margin, swaptions, caps, floors, cross-currency swaps, inflation swaps, Cleared Products, risk, CME Group, CME Clearport, ICE Clear Credit, ICE Clear Europe, central counterparties, CCP, buy-side, debt obligation, systemic risk, posted margin, Collecting Futures Commission Merchant, Depositing Futures Commission Merchant, triangular setoff, uncleared swaps, bankruptcy, commodity broker, In re Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc et al, Chevron Products Co. v. SemCrude L.P., covered swap entity, eligible collateral, Federal National Mortgage Association, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, Federal Home Loan Banks, Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation, insured obligation, Farm Credit System,

MFA Submits Comment Letter in Response to Basel-IOSCO’s Consultative Document on Margin Requirements for Non-Cleared Derivatives09.28.12


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

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Topics: Basel Committee on Banking Supervision International Organization of Securities Commissions, IOSCO, margin, margin requirements, non-centrally cleared derivatives transactions, Working Group on Margining Requirements, derivatives, derivatives markets, margining, clearing, market participants, central clearing, risk management, initial margin, variation margin, best practices, liquidity, mandatory clearing, bilateral exchange, buy-side firms, segregated account, custodian accounts, hedge, hedge funds, netting, eligible collateral, portfolio margining, over-collateralization, mutually offsetting transactions, margin threshold, harmonization, uniformity, non-compliance, regulatory arbitrage, market advantage, phase-in period, implementation timeline, non-cleared derivatives, regulatory authorities, foreign exchange, swaps, forwards, risk profile, market infrastructures, liquidity characteristics, currency, Denominated in G7 Currencies, G7, cleared derivatives, systemic risk, systemic importance, systemically important, systemically important non-financial firm, liquidity costs, unlevel playing field, transparency, SIFI, systemic risk level, credit, unsecured credit extension, minimum transfer amount, MTA, prudentially regulated financial counterparties, two-way margining, standard practice, credit risk, clearing house, bilateral exchange of variation margin, market liquidity, credit default swap, CDS, novation, remaining party, party stepping out, party stepping in, novating parties, market value, Regulators, novation arrangements, liquidity mechanism, asset classes, liquidation, Dodd-Frank Act, European Union, EU, United States, ISDA, International Swaps and Derivatives Association, replacement transaction, market practices, cross-product master netting agreements, risk offsets, financial instruments, U.S. Treasury futures, Eurodollar futures, non-cleared interest rate swaps, repurchase agreements, correlated financial instruments, quantitative impact study, Portfolios, central counterparty, CCP, hedged portfolios, prudential regulators, risk characteristics, risk/reward profile, diversification, concentration limits, haircuts, segregation, third-party segregation, re-hypothecation, cost mitigation, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, CFTC, swap dealers, major swap participants, equities, delta, interest rates, CDS spreads, notional value, commodities,

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 Amicus Brief on Issue of Creditor Coordination06.29.12


On June 29, MFA filed an amicus brief in the 11th Circuit en banc review of the CompuCredit case.  At […]

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Topics: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit Compucredit Holdings Corporation v. Akanthos Capital Management LLC, Loan Syndications and Trading Association, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, SIFMA, Moses Silverman, Aidan Synnott, Daniel Crane, Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, FDIC, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Edward Altman, Brendy Kuehne, New York University Salomon Center, Stern School of Business, John Coffee Jr., William Klein, Conrad Duberstein, Tomotaka Fujita, Marcel Kahan, corporate bonds, Michael MacKenzie, Nicole Bullock, Glenn Merrick, Ali Stoeppelwerth, banks, investment banks, broker-dealer, alternative investment industry, securities firms, capital formation, chilling effect, borrowers, distressed debt, contractual relationship, interest rates, creditor, credit squeeze, credit market, bonds, secondary loan markets, institutional lender, leverage, systemic risk, Shared National Credit Review, syndicated loan market, Bondholder, maturity date, debtor, Bankruptcy Filing, Bankruptcy Code, collective action risks, capital, primary market, risk portfolio, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Judge Easterbrook, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, price-fixing, hedge funds, price competition, contract, bilateral monopoly, per se rules, par value, debt instruments, high-velocity market, low-velocity market, creditor coordination, market power, anticompetitive, competition, pre-packaged bankruptcy, Broad. Music Inc. v. Columbia Broadcasting Sys. Inc, Bus. Elecs. Corp. v. Sharp Elecs. Corp., Classic Cheesecake Co. Inc. v. JPMorgan Chase Bank NA, Falstaff Brewing Corp. v. New York Life Ins. Co., Federal Trade Commission v. Brown Shoe Co., Federal Trade Commission v. Indiana Federation of Dentists, Federal Trade Commission v. Superior Court Trial Lawyers Association, Finnegan v. Campeau Corp., United States v. Giordano, Ireland v. Craggs, Leegin Creative Leather Products Inc. v. PSKS Inc., Arizona v. Maricopa County Medical Society, Maris Distrib. Co. v. Anheuser-Busch Inc., National Collegiate Athletic Association v. Board of Regents, Northwest Wholesale Stationers Inc. v. Pacific Stationery & Printing Co., Palmyra Park Hosp. Inc. v. Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, Reisner v. General Motors Corp., Reiter v. Sonotone Corp., Sharon Steel Corp. v. Chase Manhattan Bank NA, Smith v. The Ferncliff, State Farm Mutual Auto. Ins. Co. v. Physicians Injury Care Center Inc., United States v. Topco Assocs Inc., Twin City Pipe Line Co. v. Harding Glass Co., Unijax Inc. v. Champion International Inc., United Airlines Inc. v. U.S. Bank NA, Volt Info. Scis. Inc. v. Board of Trs. of Leland Stanford Jr. University,

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,