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Letter to the European Commission in Response to its Consultation Paper, Review of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID)02.02.11


MFA submitted comments to the European Commission in response to its Consultation Paper, Review of the Markets in Financial Instruments […]

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Topics: European Commission Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, MiFID, regulatory framework, market stability, risk capital, proprietary strategies, surveillance tools, European Union, EU, financial regulatory system, hedge funds, OTC, commodity derivatives market, Investor Protection, title transfer collateral arrangements, non-retail clients, third country firms, "strict equivalence" regime, electronic trading platforms, liquid derivatives, exchange trading, exchange-traded products, European OTC derivatives markets, US markets, Asian Markets, ESMA, sufficiently liquid, European Commission on Standardisation and Organised Platform Trading of OTC Derivatives, Organised Trading Venues, cost-effective manner, reduced transaction costs, algorithmic trading, broker dealers, market impact, accurate price discovery, high frequency trading, HFT, market makers, low latency technology, strategy holding periods, horizon strategies, fleeting arbitrage opportunities, risk management, electronic market-making, technology-driven market makers, inventory risk, risk exposure, inter-market arbitrage, ultra low-latency technology, capital formation, automated execution technology, global connectivity infrastructure, financial institutions, market connectivity intermediaries, direct market access, flash crash, HFT trades, non-HFT trade, asset managers, insurance companies, banks, brokers, automated trading, arbitraging, minimum quantitative threshold, portfolio manager, alternative investment fund managers, AIFM directive, UCITS Directive, level playing field, non-EU asset managers, risk controls, pre-trade checks, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, circuit breakers, market-wide single stock circuit breakers, limit up system, limit down system, speed bumps, trading delays, specified maximum execution speeds, co-location facilities, latency, liquidity, investor confidence, technological innovation, short-term price swings, low latency technology chain, minimum tick sizes, liquid market, deep market, liquidity provision requirements, article 4(8) of MiFID, broker-dealer capital, margin requirements, concentrated risk solution, regulatory "tax, market efficiency, minimum duration of orders, limit orders, stale orders, affirmative and negative obligations, pre-trade transparency, post-trade transparency, investment strategies, safeguards, equity markets, waivers, dark pools, equity investors, pre-trade transparency waivers, order stubs, alternative trading systems, ATSs, indications of interest, IOIs, actionable IOIs, block sized trades, daily trading volume threshold, order-slicing methodologies, price discovery, post-trade reporting proposals, depositary receipts, exchange traded funds, certificates, UCITS, non-EU markets, non-EU investment firms, MiFID framework directive, non-equity instruments, comprehensive price date, comprehensive notional data, regulatory transparency thresholds, data consolidation, approved publication arrangements, APAs, European Consolidated Tape, Consolidated Tape, Congress, National Market System, composite quotation system, consolidated transaction reporting system, quotations, Consolidated Tape Association, opaque market centers, sharp shoot, order flow, US Securities Industry Automation Corporation, national best bid and offer, depth of market quotations, reporting protocols, third party information vendors, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, NetCoalition, Yahoo Inc, Google, Bloomberg L.P., depth-of-market fees, NetCoalition v. Securities and Exchange Commission, core date, consolidated core data, CQ plan, position-level data, harmonised position information, reasonable threshold, nexus, trader ID, transaction report, confidentiality obligation, client identifier, statutory obligation, OTC contract, trade repository, summary disclosure, ex-post disclosure, ex-ante disclosure, conflicts of interest, title transfer collateral arrangement, retail client, member states, cash balance, risk warnings, securities financing transaction, information requirements, due diligence obligations, third country regime, equivalence mechanism, strict equivalence, market disorder, systemic risk, unilateral bans, market turmoil, cost/benefit analysis, regulatory authorities, consultation papers, systemic risk grounds, CCP, capital flows, lending flows, credit flows, International Swaps and Derivatives Association, ISDA, G20, Financial Stability Board, European Market Infrastructure Regulation, EMIR, sovereign CDS, European Commission's report of Sovereign CDS, credit default swaps, CDS market, hedgers, hard position limits, physical commodity markets, market manipulation, position management, mechanical imposition, commodity derivatives, CESR, UK Treasury and Financial Services Authority, price movement, derivatives position, Disclosure, reporting obligations, transparency directive, security-based derivatives, European Commission Request for Additional Information in relation to the Review of MiFID, volatility, non-hedging, aggregate open interest/notional amount, reporting regimes, contract, market data,

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,

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,

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 Response to FSA Discussion Paper on Implementation of the AIFMD03.23.12


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Topics: FSA Discussion Paper "Implementation of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive" Financial Services Authority, FSA, Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive, AIFMD, non-EU AIFM, Member State competent authorities, letter-box entity, MiFID, MiFID firm, AIFMD firm, retail customers, professional investors, remuneration provisions, CRD3 framework, functional and hierarchal independence, risk management, internationally coordinated approach to reporting, European Securities and Markets Authority, ESMA, single AIFM, family relationship, family investment vehicle, UK AIFM, preferential treatment, side letters, retail consumers, FSA Principles for Business, FCA, UCITS Directive, retail investors, EU Passport, FCA Approach Document, conflicts of interest, SYSC 10 of the FSA Handbook, remuneration guidelines, MiFID portfolio managers, tier 4 firm, FSA Remuneration Code, compliance function, audit function, proportionality principle, regulatory requirements, regulatory risks, chief compliance officer, functional and hierarchical separation, portfolio management, portfolio management personnel, interest alignment, qualitative risk limit, UCITS investors, institutional investors, leverage, NAV, third country, Final Advice on the AIFMD, third country managers, capital requirements, PII requirements, IPRU (INV), professional indemnity insurance, professional negligence, internally managed AIF, CAD-defined terms, valuation procedures, external valuer, net asset value, limited partnership, hedge funds, NAV per share, liquidity requirements, redemption terms, less than fully invested, risk/return profile, net assets under management, investor capital, Value at Risk, VaR methodology, European Central Bank, foreign exchange, interest rate risk, EUR denominated bonds, portfolio risk, hedging arragements, CESR Guidelines on Risk Management and the Calculation of Global Exposure and Coutnerparty Risk for UCITS, CDS, Advanced Method, QIS disclosure requirements, prime brokers, exchanges, swap data warehouses, Dodd-Frank Act, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, Form PF, proprietary business information, depositary, unregulated CIS, segregated account, valuation oversight duties, depositary liability, marketing, reverse solicitation process, MiFID investment services, private placement, public offers,

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 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,