MFA Comment Letters

Related Legislation: 124 Stat. 1376

Comment Letter to FSOC on Proposed Rules and Related Guidance on the Criteria for Designating Systemically Significant Nonbank Financial Institutions12.19.11


MFA submitted a comment letter to the Financial Stability Oversight Council regarding proposed rules to designate nonbank financial companies as […]

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

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

Comment Letter to the CFTC on Governance Requirements for Derivatives Clearing Organizations, Designated Contract Markets, and Swap Execution Facilities; Additional Requirements Regarding the Mitigation of Conflicts of Interest03.07.11


MFA submitted a comment letter to the CFTC on Governance Requirements for Derivatives Clearing Organizations, Designated Contract Markets, and Swap […]

Comment Letter to the CFTC on Confirmation, Portfolio Reconciliation, and Portfolio Compression Requirements for Swap Dealers and Major Swap Participants02.28.11


MFA submitted a comment letter to the CFTC on its proposal on Confirmation, Portfolio Reconciliation, and Portfolio Compression Requirements for […]

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Topics: banks best practices, bid spreads, bilateral portfolio compression exercise, bilateral portfolio reconciliation exercise, broader markets, calendar day, CFTC, clearance, clearing satisfying requirements, collateral management, collateral steering committee of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association Inc., Commodity Futures Trading Commission, complex swap, compliance period, confirmation, confirmation periods, confirmation requirement, consistent timing, Counterparty, counterparty risk, customized swaps, DCM, DCO, derivatives clearing organization, Designated Contract Market, dividend payment, dollar threshold, electronic matching platforms, electronic matching process, electronic processing, exchange execution, financial entities, financial entity, heavily negotiated swaps, hedging risk, insurance companies, ISDA, legal risks, life cycle events, limiting parties, liquidity, major swap participants, mandated timeframes, margin disputes, market disruption, market participants, market risk, market-driven solution, merger, modification, MSPs, multilateral compression, multilateral portfolio compression exercises, multilateral portfolio reconciliation exercise, nominal value, novation, offer spreads, operational abilities, operational risk, over-the-counter derivatives, partial termination, pension plans, portfolio compression requirements, portfolio compression rule, portfolio reconciliation, position level discrepancies, position level portfolio reconciliation, post-trade exercises, pre-trade draft acknowledgement requirement, private funds, rights, risk mitigation benefits, SDs, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEF, swap dealers, Swap Execution Facility, swap markets, swap portfolio trade confirmation, swaps portfolio, time-sensitive swaps, timing requirements, trade acknowledgment, trade capture system, trade execution, valuation data, valuation discrepancy, Valuation Disputes, volatility,

Comment Letter to the SEC and CFTC on Definitions of “Swap Dealer, Security-Based Swap Dealer (together, SDs), Major Swap Participant, Major Security-Based Swap Participant (together MSPs) and Eligible Contract Participant (ECP)02.22.11


MFA submitted a comment letter to the SEC and CFTC on their joint proposed rule to further define swap dealer, […]

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Topics: abnormal price movement acknowledgment requirements, applicable MSP thresholds, asset mix, bank capital standards, capital markets, cash settled swaptions, CDS, CDS protection, central clearing, centrally cleared positions, CFTC, Chicago mercantile exchange, clearing member defaults, clearinghouse, CME, commercial hedging, commercial loans, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, counterparty domicile, counterparty exposure, credit default swaps, credit ratings, credit spreads, creditworthiness, currency based institutions, current uncollateralized outward exposure test, daily mark requirements, daily variation margin calls, daily volatility, Dealer, dealers, default risk, delta weighting, deregistration period, discount factor, ECP, eligible contract participant, end-users, feeder fund, financial counterparty, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc., Financial Stability Oversight Council, FINRA, fixed downside risk, Form PF, Form PQR, FSOC, fund domicile, future exposure discount, hedge fund managers, hedge funds, high yield credit swaps, high-grade corporate securities, highly leveraged, highly liquid assets, independent amount of collateral, independent variable, index CDS, index derivatives, index reference entity, inflation, initial margin, interest rate swap, investment grade, investment-grade credit swaps, ISDA master agreements, jump-to-default risk, know your counterparty requirements, large private fund, liabilities to equity, LIBOR, limited purpose designations, liquidity, liquidity rights, longer-term leverage, Major Security-Based Swap Participant, Major Swap Participant, manager domicile, margin methodologies, mark-to-market exposure, market activity, market growth, market location, market-standard discount rate, master-feeder fund, minimum duration of status, mitigating commercial risk, msp, MSP definitions, MSP determination, MSP test, MSP thresholds, multiplier, non-ECP, non-investment grade, non-U.S. market, non-U.S. regulators., non-US domiciled fund, non-US entities, non-US securities, offshore fund, option expiration date, options on a swap, over-collateralization, overnight borrowing, physically settled swaptions, portfolio risk, potential future exposure calculation, potential future exposure test, potential systemic risk impact, Proposed Form PF section 1b, proposed form PF section 2(a), proposed form PF section 3, proposed form PF section 4, proposed Form PQR, quarters, question 11, question 27, question 38, question 47, question 5, question 68, reevaluation period, reference entity domicile, reproducible test, retail cash, Retail Forex Pool, risk factor multiplier, risk factor multipliers, risk mutualization, risk-mitigating tools, schedule B, SD, SD obligations, SEC, secured debt, Securities Exchange Commission, Security-Based Swap Dealer, security-based swaps, Senator Hagan, Senator Lincoln, short-term financing, short-term leverage, single-name CDS, smaller private fund, spread bank designation, substantial counterparty exposure, substantial position, swap rate, swap underlier, Swaps dealer, swaptions, systemic risk, systemically important, systemically important financial institution, term borrowings, threshold levels, tools of credit protection, trade verification, trading entity, traditional commodity pool, U.S. banking system, uncollateralized exposure, underlying instrument, undiversified market participant, United States financial markets, unpaid premiums, unsecured debt, upward adjustment, US entities, US Treasuries, valuation of collateral, variation margin, volatility,
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