MFA Comment Letters

Related Legislation: Pub. L. 111-203

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

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

Supplementary Letter to the SEC in Response to its Proposed Antifraud Rule with Respect to Security-Based Swaps03.29.11


MFA submitted a letter to supplement our December 23, 2010 letter to the SEC in response to its proposed antifraud […]

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Topics: anti-fraud rule assignment, assignments, automatic stay provisions, Bank of International Settlements, Bankruptcy Code, bankruptcy proceedings, bilateral contracts, BIS, capital formation, CDS market, clearing agreement, collateral, competition, context, conveyance of rights/obligations, corporate actions, corporate loans, cost-benefit analysis, counterparty defaults, credit default swaps, credit events, credit exposure, Deception, definitions, derivatives market, disruption events, equity exposure, equity linked forwards, equity-linked swaps, exchange, execution, extinguishment of rights/obligations, fair dealing, FCIC, financial crisis, Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, Financial Stability Board, Fraud, high yield bonds, honest markets, institutional leveraged loans, interim payments, International Swaps and Derivatives Association Inc, investment grade bonds, investment grade loans, investor confidence, ISDA master agreement, LBO-related loans, legitimate market activity, legitimate market participation, leveraged loans, Loan market Review, Manipulation, material dislocation, material non-public information, maturity date, non-index multi-name credit default swaps, novations, premium payments, price discovery, price discovery process, price efficiency, primary debt issuance, primary participant, purchase, Reuters, sale, SEC, SEC v. Rotech, secondary participant, Securities and Exchange Commission, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, security based swap anti-fraud rule, security based swaps market, security-based swaps, single name credit default swaps, spread payments, statutory authorization, swap market, swaps market, systemic risk, termination, termination events, The Loan Syndications and Trading Association, total return swaps, transfer of rights/obligations, transferor, unallocated swaps, underlying shares, unwinds, US OTC derivatives market,

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

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 […]

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