MFA Comment Letters

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Comment Letter to ESMA on its Technical Advice to the European Commission for Implementing AIFMD09.23.11


MFA submitted comments to ESMA on its consultation on Third Country Provisions in the AIFMD. In our response, among other […]

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 to SEC and CFTC on Proposed Rules Defining ‘Swap,’ ‘Security-Based Swap,’ and ‘Security-Based Swap Agreement,’ and Guidance on Mixed Swaps and Security-Based Swap Agreement Recordkeeping07.22.11


MFA submitted comments to the SEC and CFTC in response to their request for comments on their proposal on the […]

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Topics: Commodity Futures Trading Commission CFTC, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, further definitions of swap, Security-Based Swap, security-based swap agreement, mixed swaps, security-based swap agreement recordkeeping, forward contract exclusion, commodities, 1993 energy exemption, loan participants, OTC derivatives, systemic risk, book-out contracts, market participants, nonfinancial commodity, security, deferred shipment, delivery, physically settled, physical commodity, energy commodities, oil, alternative delivery procedures, loan participations, direct or indirect ownership, beneficial ownership interest, true participation, Federal Securities Laws, netting, loan markets, participation agreements, assignment and assumption agreements, grantor, participant, Loan Syndications and Trading Association, LSTA, loan market association, LMA, lender of record, loan agreement, loan payments, true sale, bankruptcy estate, current debtor-creditor relationship, true participants, loan total return swaps, total return receiver, total return payer, reference loan, synthetic exposure, loan transfer mechanism, primary loan markets, secondary loan markets, exchange trading, central clearing, capital, margin, reporting, recordkeeping, business conduct requirements, eligible contract participants, material non-public information, private market, antifraud liabilities, loan arrangers, alternative transfer structure, syndicated loan market, institutional investors, liquidity, U.S. domiciled counterparties, non-U.S. counterparties,

Comment Letter on Proposed Rules for Margin Requirements for Uncleared Swaps and Capital Requirements for Swap Dealers and Major Swap Participants07.11.11


MFA submitted a comment letter to the CFTC in response to both their notice of proposed rulemaking on Capital Requirements […]

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Topics: Commodity Futures Trading Commission CFTC, "Proposed Capital Rules, " "Proposed Margin Rules, margin, liquidity, swap markets, prudential regulator, CSE, buy-side firms, central clearing, uncleared swaps, customized transactions, unsecured counterparty credit risk, transparency, margin practices, two-way exchange of variation margin, netting, safeguards. designated clearing organization, DCO, Timothy Geithner, Gary Gensler, counterparties, trading costs, adverse pricing, funding costs, variation margin, collateral management practices, financial entities, non-cash collateral, Office of the Currency, Office of the Treasury, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Farm Credit Administration, Federal Housing Finance Agency, systemic risk, shielding assets, pension plans, university endowments, bilateral variation margin exchange, unsecured obligations, one-sided variation margin arrangements, SEC, "too big to fail, " uncollateralized swap positions, margin exchange, swap portfolio, counterparty credit quality, Hon. Ben S. Bernanke, risk management, asset classes, interest rate swaps, commodity swaps, equity swaps, referenced bond, Eurodollar futures, physically-settling forwards, repurchase agreements, security lending agreements, liened account assets, initial margin model, portfolio offsets, Alternative Method, net counterparty exposure, out-of-the-money swap, in-the-money swap, initial and variation margin transfers, futures commission merchant, asset class, multi-lateral agreements, cross-product netting agreements, non-cleared commodity options, liquidation value, paired products, trading contracts, capital planning, multiplier of 2.0, multiplier of 4.4, reference cleared swap, grid-based method, proprietary models, ten-day liquidation time horizon, five-day time horizon, segregation of customer assets, custodian, Capital Rules, capital requirements, Mr. Eric Chern, Chicago Trading Company, Joint Commission-SEC Staff Roundtable on Proposed Dealer and major Participant Definitions Under the Dodd-Frank Act, tailored products, Reporting of Capital Requirements, collateral delivery, counterparty exposure, Capital Relief for Cleared Swaps,

Comment Letters to Prudential Regulators on their Proposed Rules for Margin and Capital Requirements for Covered Swap Entities07.11.11


MFA submitted a comment letter to the Prudential Regulators in response to their notice of proposed rulemaking on Margin and […]

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Topics: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Margin and Capital Requirements for Covered Swap Entities Treasury, swap markets, central clearing, risk-based margin requirements, minimize risk, liquidity, swap dealers, SDs, major swap participants, covered swap participants, CSEs, uncleared swaps, delivery of margin, counterparties, operational costs, adverse pricing, robust netting arrangements, funding costs, customized transactions, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, unsecured counterparty credit risk, consistency, transparency, variation margin, Timothy Geithner, mandatory clearing requirements, central clearinghouse, clearing eligible, non-cash collateral, Gary Gensler, asset class, financial entity counterparties, bilateral exchange of variation margin, pension plans, university endowments, counterparty risk, systemic risk, "too big to fail, uncollaterized swap positions, indirect transmission, House Committee on Financial Services, Ben S. Bernanke, swap portfolio, risk management, cleared swap transactions, risk reduction tool, interest rate swaps, commodity swaps, FCM, credit default swap, referenced bond, interest rate swap, Eurodollar futures, security-based swaps, physically-settling forwards, repurchase agreements, security lending agreements, over-collateralization, futures commission merchant, liquidation value, cross-product netting agreements, multi-lateral netting agreements, non-cleared commodity options, paired products, trading contracts, proprietary models, equity swaps, call option, total return swap, illiquid security, ten-day liquidation time horizon, five-day time horizon, valuation formulas, swap documents, Capital Relief for Cleared Swaps, DCO, capital charge, derivatives clearing organizations, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Housing Finance Agency, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Farm Credit Administration, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, FDIC, CFTC,

Comment Letter Responding to FSB’s Background Note, ‘Shadow Banking: Scoping the Issues’05.16.11


MFA submitted a comment letter in response to the FSBs Background Note on Shadow Banking. In our letter, we discussed […]

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Topics: Financial Stability Board Shadow Banking: Scoping the Issues, shadow banking system, banks, broker dealers, Background Note, hedge fund industry, concentration of assets, low leverage, borrowing arrangements, derivatives contracts, stable capital, regulation, credit intermediation chain, Distribution/Wholesale Funding, non-bank institutional investors, long-only mutual funds, insurance companies, Pension Funds, private equity funds, large corporate investors, systemic risk concerns, maturity transformation, liquidity transformation, individual adviser, hedge fund adviser, asset concentration, asset management structures, interconnectedness of hedge funds, systemic impact of hedge funds, The UK Financial Services Authority, FSA, legal separation of different funds, bank holding companies, nonbank financial institutions, secured borrowings, manage liquidity risk, investors, bank/broker counterparts, secured basis, short term liability, repo liabilities, ABCP conduits, mutual funds, collateral, margining process, haircuts, initial margin, mark-to market margining, repo sellers, repo collateral, highly leveraged financial institutions, hedge fund borrowings, Long Term Capital Management, LTCM, U.S. President's Working Group on Financial Markets, counterparty risk management, Counterparty Risk Management Policy Group, hedge fund leverage, regulatory arbitrage, regulatory arbitrage concerns, off-balance sheet vehicles, direct regulation of entities, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, macro-prudential approach,