MFA Comment Letters

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Comment Letter on Proposed Rulemaking for Requirements for Processing, Clearing, and Transfer of Customer Positions04.11.11


MFA submitted a comment letter to the CFTC on its proposed rules on Requirements for Processing, Clearing, and Transfer of […]

Comment Letter on Joint Release Regarding Reporting by Investment Advisors to Private Funds and Certain Commodity Pool Operators and Commodity Trading Advisors on Form PF04.08.11


MFA filed a comment letter with the SEC and CFTC in response to their joint proposal to require private fund […]

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Topics: private funds commodity pool operators, commodity trading advisors, Form PF, systemic risk, Financial Stability Oversight Council, market participants, managed futures, absolute return strategies, SEC, CFTC, Dodd-Frank Act, Council and Office of Financial Research, OFR, global regulators, overcounting, undercounting, threshold for enhanced performance, assets under management, reporting period, confidentiality protections, inadvertent disclosure, non-bank financial companies, lending institutions, interconnectedness, liquidity risk, maturity mismatch, regulatory scrutiny, systemically significant, Federal Reserve System, the Fed, Form CPO, Form PQR, Form CTA-PR, targeted requests, tiered reporting system, threshold, trading and investment strategies, borrowing arrangements, collateral practices, operational capabilities, illiquid assets, investment advisers, bespoke contracts, private equity, privately issued convertible bonds, equity derivatives, distressed debt, unaffiliated third party sources, generally accepted accounting principles, GAAP, Level 2 inputs, Level 3 inputs, Financial Accounting Standards Board, audited financial statements, UK Financial Services Authority, FSA, Form 13F, public companies, Form 10-K, Form 10-Q, portfolio management, CUSIP number, semi-annual reporting, counterparty exposures, market noise, short-term market fluctuations, margin requirements, hedge fund defaults, large private fund manager, qualifying fund, hedge fund assets under management, Form ADV, proposed reporting thresholds, interpretive guidance, private fund managers, recordkeeping requirements, section 404, confidentiality of information, proprietary information, Investment Adviser Registration Depository, Schedule 13G, individual certification, valuation methodology, proprietary methodology, alternative methodology, de minimis, master-feeder, parallel funds, equity prices, interest rates, currency rates, Form PF question 36, form PF questions 28 and 35, funds of funds, direct investments, aggregate gross asset value, collateral, operational efficiency, ten-year option, five-year option, master agreement, regulatory assets under management, net assets under management, leverage, parallel managed accounts, net asset value, gross asset value, creditor, net borrowings, aggregate borrowings, beneficial owners, record owners, fixed advisory fees, investment expenses, performance fees, inception class, statistical arbitrage-equity, other quantitative strategies, strategy exposure, risk capital allocation, NAV, futures commission merchants, FCMs, direct clearing members, DCMs, prime brokers, clause (iii), loan commitments, offsetting exposure, tri-party collateral accounts, market value, asset-backed securities, debt securities, swap contracts, futures contracts, foreign currency contracts, notional value of derivatives, notional amount, long positions, short positions, LMV, SMV, maturity brackets, short-term interest rate, DV01, CR01, duration, non-rated issues, short term high quality corporate debt, foreign exchange derivatives, turnover rate, GMV, Bloomberg, risk methodology, repos, sensitivity analyses, liquidity management, balance sheet value, delta adjusted, variation margin, equity exposure, rehypothecated initial margin, CCPs, central clearing counterparties, Value at Risk, VaR, CDS, CDX, default rates, corporate bonds, short borrowing, synthetic borrowing, uncommitted lines of credit, side pocket arrangement,

Comment Letter on Proposed Rule and Interpretation on Registration and Regulation of Security Based Swap Execution Facilities04.04.11


MFA submitted a comment letter to the SEC on its proposed rule and proposed interpretation on Registration and Regulation of […]

Supervisory Commitment Letter on OTC Derivatives Initiatives03.31.11


The MFA, along with several other major financial institutions, submitted this letter to William C. Dudley of the Federal Reserve […]

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Topics: Federal Reserve Bank of New York G-14, buy-side institutions, signatories, Over-the-Counter, OTC, derivatives, OTC derivatives risk management, market structure, OTC Derivatives Supervisors Group, central clearing, bilateral risk management, transparency, Federal Reserve System, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, CFTC, Connecticut Banking Department, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Autorite de Control Prudential, ACP, German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority, Japan Financial Services Agency, New York State Banking Department, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority, United Kingdom Financial Services Authority, Alliance Bernstein, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, Barclays Capital, Blackrock Inc, Blue Mountain Capital Management LLC, BNP Paribas, Citadel LLC, Citi, Credit Suisse, Deutche Bank AG, D.E. Shaw & Co L.P., DW Investment Management LP, Goldman, Sachs & Co, Goldman Sachs Asset Management L.P., HSBC Group, International Swaps and Derivatives Association Inc, J.P. Morgan, Managed Funds Association, Morgan Stanley, Pacific Investment Management Company LLC, The Royal Bank of Scotland Group, Asset Management Group of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, Societe Generale, UBS AG, Wells Fargo Bank N.A., Wellington Management Company LLP, Committee on Payment and Settlement Systems, European Commission, European Central Bank, European Securities Markets Authority, Financial Stability Board, Bank of England, international regulatory coordination, standardization, data reporting, flexibility, market regulation, global derivatives, reporting, G20, automated processing, uncleared transactions, disputed margin calls, steady state, standardization benchmarking, standardization matrix, standardization narrative, flow/activity data, quantitative stock, credit, equity, interest rates, column-wise functional area, Commodities Steering Committee, Commodities Major Dealers, CMD, Foreign Exchange/Currency Derivatives Major Dealers, Simple instruments, Complex Exotic Instruments, Financial Markets lawyers Group, FMLG, baseline metrics, Equity Derivatives Definitions, 2011 EDDs, Master Confirmation Agreements, MCA, Matrix Working Group, Transaction Supplement, Equity Steering Committee, ESC, operation efficiency targets, trade repositories, infrastructure providers, matching and confirmation, affirmation, lifecycle events, Credit Implementation Group, CIG, equity derivative, operational performance targets, electronically eligible conformations, platform convergence, trade lifecycle event processing, Equity Determinations Committee, EDC, Interest Rate Derivative, functionality, middleware platforms, granularity, Trade Date submission, currently eligible transactions, statutory clearing requirements, submission targets, uncollateralized payable, offsetting CDS hedge, direct buy-side clearing models, indirect buy-side clearing models, product pipeline, sovereigns, FRAs, amortizing swaps, HUF, CZK, SGD, enhanced financial safeguards, cross-currency swaps, caps, floors, European swaptions, inflation swaps, trade date repositories, enhanced clearing penetration, clearing agreement, client onboarding, client collateral, risk issues, compression requirements, margin requirement, liquidity, CPSS-IOSCO, credit default swap, CDS, ISDA Credit Derivatives Determinations Committees, DC, CCP, CDS central counterparties, ISDA 2011 convention on Portfolio Reconciliation and the Investigation of Disputed Margin Calls, ISDA 2011 Formal Market Polling Procedure, Dispute Resolution, portfolio reconciliation, collateral disputes, dispute reporting, prudential regulator, ISDA Minimum Market Standards for Portfolio Reconciliation, electronic messaging, portfolio compression, commodity derivatives, foreign exchange derivatives, interest rate derivatives, residual risk position, regular compression cycles, tear-up algorithms, compression MIS, automatic compression, FX derivatives, aggregate compression yields, trade repository infrastructure, market participants, international data standards, IGC Data Working Group, DWG, legal entity identifiers, LEI, FpML Standards Committee, tradable instruments, cost-recovery, standardized representation, unique product identifiers, Interest Rate Derivatives Trade Reporting Repository, IRRR, Request for Proposal, RFP, Phase II Repository Reporting Expectations, OTC Derivatives Regulatory Forum, ODRF, transaction level data submissions, trade pairing process, COSC, FXMD, International Organization of Securities Commissions, IOSCO, LEAP, EFET, ISDA, IETA, LMBA, copper records, Warehouse Trust, New "Gold" Products, Trade Information Warehouse, recovery lock transactions, client data confidentiality, EMIR legislation, FX Volatility Swap, Cross-Currency Guide, FX Novation Protocol, European Interdealer Index Swap, European Interdealer Fair Value Swap, EMEA EM Interdealer Options, Cash Flow Matching for Equity Derivative Transactions, Allocations, Trade Affirmation, Interoperability, MarkitSERV, MarkitWire, DTCC, Credit Derivative Tranche Transactions, Sukuk Corporate, ISDA Credit Derivatives Physical Settlement Matrix, Credit Derivatives 2010 Documentation Update Working Group, CDD, Small Bang Protocol, Restructuring Credit Event, Anglo Irish Bank Corporation Limited, novation consent, Novation Consent Platform, European MBS, Fixed Recovery Swaps, Swaptions on Indices, iTraxx Europe Untranched Swaption transactions, CDX Untranched Swaption transactions, NDOs, Vanilla Options, Simple Exotic Options, Core FX, NDFs, Continuous Linked Settlement system, CLS, dealer to dealer clearing, LCH.Swapclear, Rates TRR aggregate reporting, zero coupon swaps, single currency basis swaps, extending operating hours, end user clearing, ICE Trust, ICE Clear Europe, dispute resolution procedures, inter alia, Global Compression, CLS Aggregation Service, Core FX settlement processing, ODSG, Equity Derivative Reporting Repository, EDRR, trickle down effect,

Comment Letter to the CFTC in Response to its Request for Comments on Position Limits for Derivatives03.28.11


MFA submitted comments to the CFTC in response to its request for comments on position limits for derivatives. MFA remains […]

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Topics: CFTC Commodity Futures Trading Commission, position limits, derivatives, futures, option contract, swap contract, futures market, price risk, commercial participants, operating company, financial institution, energy market infrastructure, liquid price discovery, risk-shifting market, market manipulation, federal limits, crowding out provision, spot month, disaggregation relief, deliverable supply, inter-commodity spread transactions, bona fide hedger, price discovery, risk management, commodity market, annual recalculation methodology, U.S. futures exchange, delivery point, individual class rules, legacy position limits, agricultural commodities, disorderly markets, spot-month position limits, referenced contracts, aggregate spot-month position limits, swaptions, DCMs, physically delivered contracts, cash-settled contracts, conditional-spot month limit, cash position, forward position, physical commodity deliverable, aggregate all-months-combined, aggregate single-month, futures class all-months-combined, futures class single-month, swaps class all-months-combined, swaps class single-month, open interest, non-spot position limits, calendar-spread exemption, hedging transaction, cash market transaction, cash market risk, swap dealer hedge exemption, pool participant, future commission merchants, FCMs, independently controlled and managed trader, account aggregation requirements, enumerated agricultural commodities, open interest formula, position visibility, reporting requirements, offsetting positions, excessive speculation, interstate commerce, physical commodity, interest rates, stock indices, squeezes, market liquidity, global commodity, regulatory oversight, risk transfer, energy price volatility, CTFC Inter-Agency Task Force on Commodity Markets, GAO, IOSCO, IMG, UK Treasury, CME, The Economist, supply and demand, U.S. dollar, price volatility, NYMEX crude oil price, speculative investment, crude oil futures, International Organization of Securities Commission, IOSCO Technical Committee, IMF World Economic outlook, HM Treasury Global Commodities, OECD publishing, JP Morgan, long positions, hedge funds, short positions, Chicago onions, Berlin wheat, Credit Agricole, Energy Risk, University of Calgary, PKVerleger LLC, Wall St. Journal, Artificial limits, Barclays Capital, OECD Food, Jacks Study, Commission Energy Complex Report, Global Energy Management Institute, Bauer College of Business, University of Houston, House Committee on Agriculture, Pirrong Testimony, price spikes, agricultural model, metal commodity, seasonal variation, market surveillance, OTC, WTI, independently controlled accounts, independent third party, commodity trading advisors, common parent, CPO, CTA, control standard, commodity pool operator, commodity trading advisor, eligible entity, order routing arrangement, disclosure documents, non-financial entity exemption, active trading program, passive trading program, funds of funds, private equity investments, passive investors, pension plan, independent account controller exemption, asset manager, corporate enterprises, speculative trading ventures, CFTC docket no. 11-05, CFTC docket no. 08-02, pool participant exemption, equity interest, market depth, no-action relief, percentage interest, real-time basis, university endowment, liquidity provisions, application based exemption, approval based exemption, annual renewal based exemption, self-executing disaggregation, reporting obligation, surveillance, audit, enforcement, cross-ownership of traders, statement of reporting trader, benchmark contracts, NYMEX Henery Hub Natural Gas contract, commercial hedgers, inter-commodity spread exemption, arbitrage exemption, directional position, outright positions, submarket, large trader data, seasonality, annual limits, CBOT, NYBOT, KCBOT, pre-existing position exemption, significant price discovery contracts, index fund manager, class limits, rounding, hypothetical portfolios, cleared bilateral contracts, non-cleared bilateral contracts, front month position, deferred month positions, last day swaps, penultimate swaps, options, delta, financial cal spread options, physical cal spread options, physical options, HH natural gas,

Letter to Mary Schapiro; Attachments: (Industry Letter on Buy Side Access to Clearing) and (Recommended Timeline for Adoption and Implementation of Final Rules Pursuant to Title VII of The Dodd-Frank Act)03.24.11


MFA submitted a letter to Chairmen Schapiro and Gensler, and each of the SEC and CFTC Commissioners, providing our recommendations […]

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Topics: Securities and Exchange Commission OTC derivatives market, reform, systemic risk, efficiency, global financial system, central clearing, liquid contracts, clearable contracts, trade repositories, cleared swaps, bilateral swaps, price transparency, liquid swap transactions, broad industry clearing, trade repository data, electronic data, trade transparency, buy-side participants, buy-side access, New York Fed, ISDA Governance Committee, IIGC, standardizing contracts, trade compression, OTC derivatives reform, milestones, phase-in period, sell-side firms, clearinghouses, Regulators, current clearable swaps, future clearable swaps, broad-based index credit default swaps, CDS, interest rate markets, single-name CDS, asset managers, end-users, CCPs, CMs, customer clearing services, open interest caps, waterfalls, block trading, risk compression, customer funds, pre-default portability, give-up agreements, US bankruptcy, non-US bankruptcy, cleared OTC derivatives, 14d order, 17f6 order, SEC exemptions, FINRA exemptions, margin methodology, CME rules, CME, ClearPort, migration, TBF, Bloomberg, MarkitWire, ICELink, end to end production testing, front-office processing, middle-office processing, back-office processing, back loading facility, end-to-end systems flow, fallback processing, post-default portability, risk waterfall process, net client omnibus margin account, price challenge protocol, financial disclosure requirements, clearing, commission fee, trading annex, give up process, transparency, default waterfall, futures, CDS books, margin segregation, Basel I capital requirements, FCMs, commodity contracts, Bankruptcy Code, roll-out schedule, margin regime, vendor, streamlined netting process, trade rejection rights, segregation framework, alternative margin segregation schemes, title transfer regime, English law CSAs, US banking regulators, US bank CM, non-US bankruptcy laws, non-US CM's default, position limits, real-time reporting, big bang approach, phase-in approach, derivatives clearing organizations, interest rate swaps, exchange trading, MSPs, hedge funds, dealer-to-dealer clearing, SEF trading, onboarding, mixed swap, swap dealer, eligible contract participant, DCO governance, DCO registration, collateral, Business Conduct Standards, capital requirements, margin requirements, MSP recordkeeping requirements, SD recordkeeping requirements, public reporting, liquidity, individual risk concentrations, block trade. swap initial margin, post-trade reporting, pre-trade reporting, interdealer reporting, Dodd-Frank clearing requirements, clearing agreement, execution agreement, clearing members, FIA, CFTC rules, SEC rules, mandatory clearing date, CCP implementation period, CCP risk management, end-user exemptions, Phase 1 mandatory cleared products, counterparty risk, OTC derivatives, standardized documentation, onboarding work streams, voluntary period, direct clearing participants, indirect clearing participants, voluntary targets, scale readiness, volume targets, simpler instruments, complex instruments, credit, voluntary back loading, compression, systemic counterparty risk, industry-level metrics, DTCC data, cleared settlement, uncleared settlement, tear-ups, long-only accounts, asset manager accounts, investor,

Comment Letter to the CFTC on its Proposed Rules on Risk Management Requirements for Derivatives Clearing Organizations03.21.11


MFA submitted a comment letter to the CFTC on its proposed rules on Risk Management Requirements for Derivatives Clearing Organizations. […]

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Topics: Commodity Futures Trading Commission CFTC, Risk Management Requirements, derivatives clearing organizations, DCO, participant eligibility, eligibility standards, fair and open access, clearing member, DCO concentration risk, diversity of market participants, competition, capital requirements, clearinghouses, swap portfolio size, transaction volume, antitrust considerations, $50 million upper limit, minimum capital requirements, net capital obligation, risk exposure, risk-based methodologies, stress and default scenarios, tiers, threshold guaranty fund contribution, direct clearing members, DCO margin methodologies, guaranty fund scaling methodologies, margin, obligations, cleared trade volumes, scaling requirements, Chicago Board of Trade, committee on payment and settlement systems and technical committee of the International Organization of Securities Commissions, CPSS-IOSCO standards, product eligibility, Designated Contract Market, DCM, Swap Execution Facility, SEF, electronic execution, connectivity, standard two-way protocols, executing counterparty, risk management, margin requirements, market liquidity, initial margin, five-day liquidation horizon, highly liquid instruments, market volatility, on-the-run 10 year interest rate swaps, initial margin requirements, excess margin, default management framework, customer initial margin, direct clearing members' initial margin, credit risk, Columbia University, leverage ratio, investment banks, hedge fund industry, non-hedge positions, product portfolio, swap portfolio, margin methodology, creditworthiness, counterparty credit assessment practices, margin calls, mark-to-market variations, volatility, bilateral trades, greater market concentration, systemic risk mitigation, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, The Turner Review, global banking crisis, margin calculation utility, effective date, phase-in period, mandatory central clearing, differentiated margining, portfolio margining, cross product margin, swaps, futures, federal register, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, ISDA, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission,

Comment Letter to the CFTC on its Proposed Core Principles and Other Requirements for Swap Execution Facilities03.08.11


MFA submitted a comment letter to the CFTC on its proposed Core Principles and Other Requirements for Swap Execution Facilities. […]

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Topics: Commodity Futures Trading Commission CFTC, swap execution facilities, SEFs, SEF trading platforms, regulatory efficiencies, market efficiencies, market-based competition, transparency, real-time public reporting of swap transaction data, available for trading, competition, grandfather relief, request for quote, RFQ, order book, cleared swaps, block trades, timing delay, required transactions, Designated Contract Market, DCM, Mandatory Execution Requirement, annual review, market liquidity, minimum block threshold, large notional transaction size threshold, reporting requirements, recordkeeping requirements, daily trading records requirements, major swap participants, CEA, RFQ system, Over-the-Counter, OTC, electronic platform, one-to-one voice services, mandatory objective criteria, mandatory transparent criteria, OTC market, connectivity, grace period, liquidity, resting bids, swap data repositories, liquidity characteristics, bilateral trading environment, trading venues, dealer-to-customer platforms, exchanges, swap execution, bilateral trading, voice-based trading, flexibility, execution protocol, order book systems, multiple-to-multiple trading venues, limit order, central limit order variants, non-continuous liquidity, credit default swaps, responsive quote, interstate commerce, mandatory minimum required recipients, quote requesters, institutional investors, voice-based system, security-based swap execution facility, SB SEF, permitted transactions, block trade thresholds, block size, data analysis, minimum block sizes, joint the trade, auction-based methods, matching, fixing, open outcry trading pits, quote-requesting participant, widened bid/offer spreads, exchanges for physical, exchanges for swaps, off-market transactions, linked transactions, packaged transactions, single joint transactions, crossing, matching traders, futures position, physical position, cash position, debt instrument, physical contract, discreet contract, Manipulation, price distortion, congestion, sporadic liquidity, emergency procedure, public information, complete audit trail, conflicts of interest, chief compliance officer, ISDA, SIFMA, Over-the-Counter Derivatives Markets, CBOE futures exchange, RFQ response period, Rulebook,