MFA Comment Letters

Related Rules: 76 Fed. Reg. 23732

MFA Coalition Submits Joint Letter to SEC and CFTC on CDS Customer Portfolio Margining05.10.13


MFA, the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI), and the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) (collectively, the “Associations”) submitted a […]

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Topics: ACLI AIMA, Alternative Investment Management Association, American Council of Life Insurers, arbitrage, backloading, broad-based indices, broker-dealer, buy-side participants, capital, capital formation, CDS, central clearing, CFTC, clearing, clearing agency, clearing mandate, clearinghouse, collateral, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, counterparty credit risk, counterparty risk, credit default swaps, credit risk, custody bank, DCM, DCO, dealers, derivatives, derivatives clearing organization, direct clearing members, directional portfolio, economic barriers, end-users, equity markets, excess margin, FCM, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, FINRA, futures commission merchants, Gary Gensler, hedging, ICE Clear Credit LLC, ICE Trust, initial margin, initial margin requirements, insolvency, institutional custodian, interconnectedness, interest rate swaps, Investor Protection, iTraxx Europe, legal segregation with operation commingling, liquidation, liquidity, liquidity requirements, long-short strategies, LSOC, LSOC with excess, margin, margin requirements, margining, market efficiency, market participants, Mary Jo White, master netting agreements, narrow-based index credit default swap, net margin, New York State Banking Department, OCC, offsetting position, Options Clearing Corporation, portfolio margining, price competition, price distortion, proprietary strategies, registered clearing agencies, regulatory framework, risk management, S&P 500, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, security-based swaps, segregation, self-clearing members, sell-side firms, settlement, short straddles, single-name CDS, speculative position, straight-through processing, swaps, systemic risk, tri-party segregation arrangements, variation margin, volatility, voluntary clearing,

MFA Submits Letter to SEC on Proposed Capital, Margin, and Segregation Rules02.22.13


MFA submitted a comment letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on its proposed rules on “Capital, Margin, and […]

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Topics: "too big to fail \, 111th Congress, accounting, AIG, American International Group, asset class, asymmetrical initial margin exchange, asymmetry, bankruptcy, bankruptcy estate, Bart Chilton, Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, Ben Bernanke, best practices, bilateral exchange of variation margin, Broker, broker-dealer, buy-side firms, capital, capital charge, capital formation, capital inefficiency, capital requirements, Cash Flow, CCP, CDS, central clearing, central counterparty, CFTC, Chicago Mercantile Exchange Holdings Inc., Chicago Trading Company, collateral, collateral management, collateral management stystems, commodity broker, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, complexity, compliance, compliance date, Council of the European Union, counterparties, counterparty risk, credit default swap, credit risk, creditworthiness, cross-margining, cross-product master netting agreements, customer collateral, customer protection, customer replicability, customized risk management tools, Darrell Duffie, DCO, Dealer, dealers, default, default segregation model, derivatives, derivatives clearing organization, Division of Clearing and Intermediary Oversight, Dodd-Frank Act, efficiency, eligible collateral, endowments, enhanced protections, Eric Chern, European Commission, European Parliament, federal register, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Federal Reserve Bank of New York Staff Report No. 424, Federal Reserve Board, fellow customer risk, financial contagion, financial crisis, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, financial institutions, financial instrument, financial system, FINRA, forwards, Fraud, haircuts, hedge funds, House Committee on Financial Services, ICE Clear Europe Limited, ICI, independent third party custodian, Individual Segregation, initial margin, insolvency, international harmonization of regulations, International Organization of Securities Commissions, international regulatory standards, Investment Company Institute, investment risk, Investor Protection, IOSCO, ISDA, ISDA Margin Survey 2012, LCH.Clearnet Ltd., legal segregation with operation commingling, Lehman Brothers, leverage, liquidation, liquidation time horizon, liquidity, LSOC, Major Security-Based Swap Participant, Major Swap Participant, mandatory clearing, margin, margin requirements, margining, market participants, market practice, market risk, MF Global Inc., money market instruments, multiplier, netting, New York Portfolio Clearing LLC, non-commercial end-users, Notice of Exclusive Control, omnibus segregation, operational and legal commingling, operational costs, operational risk, Options Clearing Corporation, OTC derivatives, out-of-the-money, pension, Peregrine Financial Group, portability, portfolio compression, portfolio margining, portfolio reconciliation, Private Funds Managers, pro-cyclical effects, product type, proprietary information, prudential regulators, reconciliation, reform, registered clearing agencies, regulation, regulatory arbitrage, repurchase agreements, risk, risk management, Robert Wasserman, Russell Wasendorf, SEC, securities, Securities and Exchange Commission, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, Security-Based Swap Dealer, Security-Based Swap Transactions, security-based swaps, segregation, segregation model, sell-side firms, settlement, settlement risk, SIFMA, state and federal laws, state bank regulator, swap dealer, swap dealers, Swap Trading Relationship Documentation, systemic risk, tentative net capital, third-party custody arrangement, too interconnected to fail, trade repositories, trading costs, transparency, tri-party custodial arrangements, two-way margining, U.S. dollar, university endowment, Value at Risk, VaR, variation margin, White Paper, Working Group on Margining Requirements,

MFA Submits Accompanying Portfolio Margining Letter11.26.12


MFA submitted a supplemental comment letter to the U.S. prudential regulators during the reopened comment period for their proposed rulemaking […]

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Topics: affiliate-held collateral bankruptcy, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, broker-dealer, buy-side, capital markets, capital requirements, caps, CCP, CDS, central counterparties, CFTC, Chevron Products Co. v. SemCrude L.P., Chicago mercantile exchange, Cleared Products, CME Clearport, CME Group, collateral, Collecting Futures Commission Merchant, commodity broker, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, covered swap entities, covered swap entity, credit default swap, cross-currency swaps, cross-margining, Dealer, debt obligation, Depositing Futures Commission Merchant, derivatives clearing organization, Dodd-Frank Act, eligible collateral, end-users, Farm Credit Administration, Farm Credit System, FCM, FDIC, Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Home Loan Banks, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, Federal Housing Finance Agency, Federal National Mortgage Association, floors, futures, futures commission merchant, hedging, ICE Clear Credit, ICE Clear Europe, In re Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc et al, index CDS, inflation swaps, initial margin, insured obligation, LCH.Clearnet Ltd., liquidity, Major Security-Based Swap Participant, Major Swap Participant, mandatory clearing, margin, market liquidity, market participants, master netting agreements, New York Portfolio Clearing LLC, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, options, Options Clearing Corporation, OTC derivatives, over-the-counter derivatives, portfolio margining, posted margin, prudential regulators, redundant margin, regulatory regime, risk, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, Security-Based Swap Dealer, security-based swaps, segmentation, swap dealer, swaps, swaptions, systemic risk, triangular setoff, uncleared swaps,

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

MFA Submits Comment Letter to CFTC on Proposed Dodd-Frank Implementation Rules for Mandatory Swap Clearing, Trade Execution, and Margin Rules11.04.11


The OTC derivatives reforms (Title VII) resulting from the Dodd-Frank Act will cause sweeping transformation of the OTC derivatives markets […]

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Topics: active fund bilateral execution, broad-based index credit default swaps, buy-side market participants, buy-side participants, Category 1 Entities, Category 2 Entities, Category 3 Entities, Category 4 Entities, CCP, central clearing, central counterparties, CFTC, class of swaps, clearing, clearing mandate, collateral, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, commodity swaps, compliance date, compliance schedules, cost-benefit analysis, counterparties, DCMs, derivatives clearing organization, Designated Contracts Markets, Dodd-Frank Act, electronic platform, end-user exemptions, exchanges, execution, execution venue, FCM, federal register, full-scale clearing, futures commission merchants, G20, Gary Gensler, interest rate swaps, liquidity, listing, made available for trading, Major Security-Based Swap Participant, Major Swap Participant, mandatory clearing, margining, margining requirements, market participants, netting, non-dealer market participants, non-MSP counterparties, novations, OTC derivatives, over-the-counter derivatives, partial tear-ups, phased implementation, price distortion, private funds, product definition rules, prudential regulators, real-time clearing, real-time reporting, Regulators, Rulemaking, Scott O'Malia, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, Security-Based Swap Dealer, security-based swap SEF, security-based swaps, SEF, swap data, swap dealer, swap execution facilities, swap transaction, swap transaction compliance, swaps, systemic risk, third-party subaccount, trade execution, trading documentation, transparency, uncleared swaps, variation margin, voluntary clearing,

Comment Letter to CFTC on Proposed Rules Governing Protection of Cleared Swap Customer Contracts and Collateral08.08.11


MFA submitted a comment letter to the CFTC in response to its notice of proposed rulemaking on Protection of Cleared […]

Comment Letter on Proposed Rules for Margin Requirements for Uncleared Swaps and Capital Requirements for Swap Dealers and Major Swap Participants07.11.11


MFA submitted a comment letter to the CFTC in response to both their notice of proposed rulemaking on Capital Requirements […]

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Topics: " "Proposed Margin Rules " uncollateralized swap positions, "Proposed Capital Rules, "too big to fail, adverse pricing, Alternative Method, asset class, asset classes, bilateral variation margin exchange, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, buy-side firms, capital planning, Capital Relief for Cleared Swaps, capital requirements, Capital Rules, central clearing, CFTC, Chicago Trading Company, collateral delivery, collateral management practices, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, commodity swaps, counterparties, counterparty credit quality, counterparty exposure, cross-product netting agreements, CSE, custodian, customized transactions, DCO, equity swaps, Eurodollar futures, Farm Credit Administration, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Housing Finance Agency, financial entities, five-day time horizon, funding costs, futures commission merchant, Gary Gensler, grid-based method, Hon. Ben S. Bernanke, in-the-money swap, initial and variation margin transfers, initial margin model, interest rate swaps, Joint Commission-SEC Staff Roundtable on Proposed Dealer and major Participant Definitions Under the Dodd-Frank Act, liened account assets, liquidation value, liquidity, margin, margin exchange, margin practices, Mr. Eric Chern, multi-lateral agreements, multiplier of 2.0, multiplier of 4.4, net counterparty exposure, netting, non-cash collateral, non-cleared commodity options, Office of the Currency, Office of the Treasury, one-sided variation margin arrangements, out-of-the-money swap, paired products, pension plans, physically-settling forwards, portfolio offsets, proprietary models, prudential regulator, reference cleared swap, referenced bond, Reporting of Capital Requirements, repurchase agreements, risk management, safeguards. designated clearing organization, SEC, security lending agreements, segregation of customer assets, shielding assets, swap markets, swap portfolio, systemic risk, tailored products, ten-day liquidation time horizon, Timothy Geithner, trading contracts, trading costs, transparency, two-way exchange of variation margin, uncleared swaps, university endowments, unsecured counterparty credit risk, unsecured obligations, variation margin,
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