MFA Comment Letters

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MFA Submits Letter to IRS on Proposed Rules on Dividend Equivalent Payments04.06.12


MFA submitted a comment letter to the Internal Revenue Service on the IRS proposed rules under Section 871(m) of the […]

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Topics: Internal Revenue Service IRS, dividend equivalent, tax avoidance, market participants, contractual representations, undue market disruption, swaps, delta-one instruments, customized index, derivatives, equity linked derivatives markets, in connection with standard, in the market, crossing transactions, short-term trades, high-frequency trading, gross witholding, cascading witholding taxes, special dividends, witholding agent, FATCA, specified notional principal contracts, SNPC, outstanding positions, dividend equivalent payments, abusive practices, non-U.S. persons, out-of-the-money, equity-linked swaps, options, futures, underlying security, strike price, dividend payment, dividend swaps, long-party, short-party, future dividend flow, anti-abuse rule, delta-one, International Swaps and Dealers Association, ISDA, delta, delta one instrument, non-delta one instrument, 90-Day Rule, retested, market forces, broad-based indices, market sector, credit, leverage, trading strategies, recognized independent index publisher, options contracts, proprietary index, preferred stock, common stock, illiquid securities, derivatives transactions, private funds, public float, hedge, synthetic exposure, offsetting position, individual trade determinations, investment algorithms, compliance restrictions, long equity swap, investment fund, single strategy fund, multi-strategy fund, average daily trading volume, ADTV, public float test, Bloomberg, direct or indirect "cross", crossing, full notional amount, internal tax review system, real-time identification of offsetting positions, 30 day liquidity, Department of the Treasury, overwitholding, extraordinary dividend, Options Clearing Corporation, OCC, ordinary divident, special dividend, OTC option, options market,

MFA Submits Comments to European Supervisory Authorities in Response to Joint Discussion Paper on Risk Mitigation Techniques04.02.12


MFA submitted a comment letter to the European Supervisory Authorities in response to their Discussion Paper on Draft Regulatory Technical […]

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Topics: Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities European Securities and Markets Authority, ESMA, European Supervisory Authorities, ESA, European Union, EU, over-the-counter derivatives, OTC derivatives, central clearing, risk-based margin requirements, risk mitigation techniques, European Banking Authority, European Insurance and Occupational Pension Authority, European Commission, liquidity, segregation regime, initial margin, posting party, receiving party, bankruptcy-remote, prudentially regulated financial counterparties, PRFC, segregation, netting, margin, investment firms, credit institutions, insurance undertakings, assurance undertakings, reinsurance undertakings, institutions for occupational retirement provision, non-cleared derivative contracts, hedging, prudential regulators, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, CFTC, counterparty credit risk, bilateral initial margin arrangements, variation margin, capital, derivatives markets, net margin, best practices, collateralization, non-cleared OTC derivatives, over-collateralization, highly correlated assets, credit default swap, CDS, interest rate swap, Eurodollar futures, physically-settling forwards, repurchase agreements, security lending agreements, intraday change, segregation of counterparty assets, NPRFC, non-prudentially regulated financial counterparties, NFCs+, non financial counterparties above the clearing threshold, non-cleared derivatives, buy-side firms, asymmetry, current market practice, perceived systemic relevance, systemic importance, uncollateralized, exposures, credit exposure, Basel rules, uniformity of application, due diligence, Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, Basel II, Basel III, creditworthiness, regulatory arbitrage, major swap participants, deep and liquid markets, substantial position in swaps, substantial counterparty exposure, international harmonization of regulations, bilateral exchange, market transparency, covered swap entities, de minimi exception, mark-to-market, standardized method, internal models, competitive advantages, discriminatory distortions, internal model method, legally required transparency, incremental compliance costs, segregated account, independent third party custodian, insolvency estate, tri-party custodial arrangements, bilateral arrangements, non-financial assets, eligible collateral, revaluation, haircuts, EMIR, margin calculations, daily valuation of collateral, dispute resolution procedures, party-specific variables,

MFA Submits Comments to the Monetary Authority of Singapore on Proposed Regulations on OTC Derivatives03.26.12


MFA submitted a comment letter to the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) in response to its Consultation Paper on Proposed […]

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Topics: Monetary Authority of Singapore MAS, OTC derivatives, over-the-counter derivatives, Consultation Paper on Proposed Regulation of OTC Derivatives, G20, OTC derivatives market, systemic risk, efficient capital flows, mandary clearing, clearing, bilateral market, risk management, derivatives transactions, trading mandate, liquid and standardized transactions, client access to clearing, clearing arrangements, margin methodologies, straight-through processing, central clearing, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, CFTC, Gary Gensler, Securities and Exchange Commission, Mary Schapiro, market participants, central counterparty, CCP, average notional value, clearing threshold, buy-side clearing, U.S. Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Dodd-Frank Act, backloading, Financial Stability Board, FSB, international harmonization of regulations, swaps, European Union, EU, European Commission, ESMA, legal entity identifiers, confidentiality, transaction data, counterparty identification, customized and proprietary investment strategies, intellectual property, International Organization of Securities Commissions, IOSCO, foreign regulator, financial entities, non-financial entities, Singapore, Form PF, margin requirements, netting, trading costs, aggregate counterparty credit risk, settlement risk, commercial banks, dealers, money changers, registered insurers, non-centrally cleared derivatives transactions, margin determinations, liquidation horizons, fragmentation of liquidity, clearing house, counterparty risk, recognized clearing houses, clearing facilities, real-time processing, barriers to entry, non-dealer client representation, risk committees, G20 commitments, regulatory regime, duplicative regulation, U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry, trade repositories, Securities and Futures Commission, Honk Kong Monetary Authority,

MFA Submits Comments to ESMA in Response to Draft Technical Standards on OTC Derivatives, CCPs and Trade Repositories03.19.12


MFA submitted a comment letter to the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) in response to its Discussion Paper on […]

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Topics: OTC derivatives European Securities and Markets Authority, ESMA, EMIR, European Union, EU, over-the-counter derivatives, central clearing, counterparty and operational risk, market oversight, market integrity, systemic risk, derivatives market, OTC derivatives market, ESMA Discussion Paper on Draft Technical Stanards for the Regulation on OTC Derivatives CCPs and Trade Repositories, central counterparty, CCP, risk management expertise, straight-through processing, CCPs governance structure, clearing, competitive execution, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, CFTC, execution platform, alternative liquidity providers, electronic trading, real-time processing, international harmonization of regulations, client clearing models, third country counterparities, clearing obligation, extraterritorial application of EMIR, fund domicile, manager domicile, reference entity domicile, market location, reference security, underlying instrument, third country entities, principal of business, foreign exchange derivatives, interest rate derivatives, Euro, EU member currency, settlement currency, notional amount, indirect contractual arrangements, Cayman Islands, American Depository Receipt, ADR, Hong Kong, segregation, portability, indirect clearing models, guarantor, credit intermediary, execution documentation, credit intermediation, FIA-ISDA Cleared Derivatives Execution Agreement, futures commission merchant, FCM, swap dealer, SD, sublimit, Futures Industry Association, FIA, International Swap Derivatives Association, ISDA, clearing member, counterparty credit risk, indirect clearing, executing counterparty, back-to-back arrangements, trade acknowledgment, Dodd-Frank Act, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, security-based swaps, bespoke and customized transactions, electronically processed, CCP governance arragements, chief risk officer, chief technology officer, chief compliance officer, sound governance requirements, non-dealer representatives, risk committees, CCP committee, CCP Board, conflicts of interest, disclosure requirements, clients, record keeping, privacy and confidentiality of information, confidentiality agreements, CCP's margin models, confidence interval, liquidation period, lookback period, margin levels, margin requirements, technical standards, stress tesing, back testing, CCP data, non-default clearing members, clearing members, default, aggregation, public dissemination of information, transaction volumes, reasonably liquid traded instruments, confidentiality of counterparty identities, disclosure thresholds,

MFA, SIFMA and GFXD Submit Joint Letter to the CFTC with Proposed Safe Harbor for the ECP Definition01.19.12


On January 19, MFA, SIFMA, and GFXD submitted a joint letter to the CFTC with a proposed safe harbor from […]

MFA Responds to ECON’s MiFID Questionnaire01.13.12


MFA submitted responses to MEP Markus Ferbers Questionnaire on MiFID/MiFAR 2, which asks for further information on certain aspects of […]

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Topics: Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee ECON, European Parliament, Questionnaire on MiFID/MiFIR 2 by Markus Ferber MEP, Markus Ferber, Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, eligible counterparties, custody, safekeeping, MiFID passport, professional clients, retail clients, equivalence, reciprocal access, regulatory capital, corporate governance rules, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, European Commission, management bodies, trading venues, corporate governance, broker crossing network, derivatives trading venues, derivatives, voice brokerage systems, alternative investment managers, alternative investment funds, broker dealers, relevant counterparties, clearing obligation, EMIR, European Market Infrastructure Regulation, central limit order book, CLOB, request for quote system, RFQ, algorithmic trading, high frequency trading, market-making activities, correlating instruments, mutual funds, arbitrage trading, high frequency/low latency, liquidity, flash crash, limit up-limit down measure, counterbalancing benefits, regulatory investigation, direct electronic access, DEA, co-location services, circuit breakers, abnormal trading conditions, confidentiality requirements, organized venues, public consultation, third country trading venues, EEA venues, reciprocal recognition, third country firms, straight-through processing, real-time registration, listed futures, listed equity derivatives, energy swaps, bilateral credit agreement, bilateral execution documentation, CCP, risk caps, SME, MTF SME, non-discriminatory access to market infrastructure, pre-trade market data, position limits, alternative arrangements, commodity derivatives, position management powers, hedging transactions, conflicts of interest, structured UCITS, non-structured UCITS, financial activity, shares, depositary receipts, exchange traded funds, ETF, broker liquidity, transparency, trading obligation, confidentiality safeguards, dark pools, approved publication arragement, APA, approved reporting mechanism, ARM, consolidated tape provider, CTP, European Supervisory Authorities, ESA, non-discriminatory access, real-time clearing, UCITS IV, packaged retail investment product, PRIP, organized trading facility, OTF, sanction,

Petition to SEC for Rulemaking on Rule 502 of Regulation D, Ban General Solicitation01.06.12


MFA submitted a comment letter to the SEC requesting that the Commission amend Rule 502(c) of Regulation D to eliminate […]

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Topics: Petition for Rulemaking Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, Offers or Sales Securities, Private Funds Managers, Economic Growth, Competitiveness, Job Creation, Independent Regulatory Agencies, Investor Protections, Offerings or Sales, private funds, Administrative Costs, sophisticated investors, House of Representatives, United States Congress, Ban on General Solicitation and Advertising, Senate, Public Offering, investment company, Interpretive Framework, Broadcast Over Television, Radio, Fund Managers, Issuer, Selling Agent, Pre-Existing Substantive Relationship, Continuous Offerings, Limited Partnerships, Broker, accredited investors, Pre-Existing Relationship Doctrine, Qualified Potential Investors, Industry Conferences, Inquiries, Legal Costs, Business Practices, transparency, hedge funds, Policy Makers, Regulators, Proprietary Investment Data, Systemic Risk Assessment, Over-the-Counter Derivatives Markets, Disclosure, Third-Party, oversight, Private Offering, prime brokers, Auditors, General Solicitation, General Advertising, Fraud, Unsophisticated Investors, Ban on General Solicitation, Protecting Investors: A Half Century of Investment Company Regulation, Division of Investment Management, Investor Criteria, qualified purchasers, Division of Corporation Finance, Anti-Fraud Provisions, Wealth Tests, Federal Securities Laws, Chairman Schapiro, Congressman Darrell Issa, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Investor Protection, capital formation, Inadvertent Violation, Waiting Period, Consulting Firm, Subscription Agreement,