MFA Comment Letters

Topic: asset classes

MFA Submits Comment Letter in Response to Basel-IOSCO’s Consultative Document on Margin Requirements for Non-Cleared Derivatives09.28.12


MFA submitted a comment letter to the Working Group on Margining Requirements (WGMR) of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision […]

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Topics: asset classes Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, best practices, bilateral exchange, bilateral exchange of variation margin, buy-side firms, CCP, CDS, CDS spreads, central clearing, central counterparty, CFTC, cleared derivatives, clearing, clearing house, commodities, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, concentration limits, correlated financial instruments, cost mitigation, credit, credit default swap, credit risk, cross-product master netting agreements, currency, custodian accounts, delta, Denominated in G7 Currencies, derivatives, derivatives markets, diversification, Dodd-Frank Act, eligible collateral, equities, EU, Eurodollar futures, European Union, financial instruments, foreign exchange, forwards, G7, haircuts, harmonization, hedge, hedge funds, hedged portfolios, implementation timeline, initial margin, interest rates, International Organization of Securities Commissions, International Swaps and Derivatives Association, IOSCO, ISDA, liquidation, liquidity, liquidity characteristics, liquidity costs, liquidity mechanism, major swap participants, mandatory clearing, margin, margin requirements, margin threshold, margining, market advantage, market infrastructures, market liquidity, market participants, market practices, market value, minimum transfer amount, MTA, mutually offsetting transactions, netting, non-centrally cleared derivatives transactions, non-cleared derivatives, non-cleared interest rate swaps, non-compliance, notional value, novating parties, novation, novation arrangements, over-collateralization, party stepping in, party stepping out, phase-in period, portfolio margining, Portfolios, prudential regulators, prudentially regulated financial counterparties, quantitative impact study, re-hypothecation, Regulators, regulatory arbitrage, regulatory authorities, remaining party, replacement transaction, repurchase agreements, risk characteristics, risk management, risk offsets, risk profile, risk/reward profile, segregated account, segregation, SIFI, standard practice, swap dealers, swaps, systemic importance, systemic risk, systemic risk level, systemically important, systemically important non-financial firm, third-party segregation, transparency, two-way margining, U.S. Treasury futures, uniformity, United States, unlevel playing field, unsecured credit extension, variation margin, Working Group on Margining Requirements,

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: "too big to fail ABCP conduits, absolute risk, AIFMD, Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive, asset classes, asset-backed commercial paper conduits, asset-backed securities, assets under management, AUM, Background Note, Background Note "Shadow Banking: Scoping the Issues", bank-like activities, bank-like regulation, bankruptcy, banks, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, broker-dealer, Brookings Institution, Bureau of Economic Analysis, central clearing, CFTC, chief compliance officer, collateral, Columbia University, commodity futures contracts, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, commodity pool, commodity trading advisor, convertible arbitrage, corporate bonds, corporate fixed income instrument, counter-cyclical, counterparties, credit arbitrage strategies, credit cards, credit hedge funds, credit intermediation, creditor, CTA, demand deposit accounts, Department of the Treasury, deposit-like characteristics, derivative transactions, derivatives, derivatives market, direct lending, direct loan market, discount windows, distressed restructuring strategies, Dodd-Frank Act, Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Doug Elliott, EMIR, equity investors, EU, EU Member State, European Commission, European Market Infrastructure Regulation, European Union, financial industries, financial institutions, financial market, Financial Services Authority, Financial Stability Board, Financial Stability Oversight Council, fixed income - asset backed, fixed income - convertible arbitrage, fixed income - corporate, fixed income instruments, Form ADV, Form PF, FSA, FSB, FSOC, fundamental credit analysis, G20, gates, government bonds, government insurance, Green Paper "Shadow Banking", hedge fund counterparties, hedge fund industry, hedge fund managers, Hedge Fund Research, hidden leverage, House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, ICI, initial margin, insider trading, instant liquidity funds, institutional investment manager, investment advisers, Investment Company Institute, investment strategies, investor, leverage, leverage ratio, leveraged loan markets, liquidity, liquidity protections, liquidity transformation, loans, lock-up periods, Long Term Capital Management, Lord Adair Turner, major swap participants, margin, market based regulations, Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, Master Limited Partnership, maturity tra, maturity transformation, MiFID, money market funds, mutual funds, mutual funds management, non-bank financial insitutions, nonbank credit intermediation, Office of Financial Research, OFR, originator, OTC derivatives, over-the-counter derivatives, PIPE, pricing discrepancy, private equity, private investment in public equity, private issue/Regulation D strategies, property-casualty insurance, prudential regulation, public company equity securities, quantitative strategies, RAUM, real estate, receivables, redemption terms, Regulation D, regulatory arbitrage, regulatory assets under management, regulatory framework, relative value, relative value - multi-strategies, risk analysis, risk management, SEC, secured borrowings, secured financing, Securities and Exchange Commission, segregation, shadow banking, shadow banking system, side pockets, SIFI, SIV, small and medium-sized enterprises, SME, sophisticated investors, state securities regulators, structured investment vehicles, swap dealers, swaps, systemic risk, systemically important financial institution, tangible financial commitments, taxpayer, the Fed, total return swaps, transparency, U.S. Securities Laws, uncollateralized loans, United Kingdom, variation margin, venture capital funds, Volcker Rule,

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,

Comment Letter to SEC Responding to Concept Release on Equity Market Structure05.07.10


MFA submitted a letter to the SEC in response to its request for comments on its Equity Market Structure Concept […]

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Topics: algorithm alternative trading systems, asset classes, automated trading, bid-ask spreads, broker dealers, buyers, cancellation rate, capital allocation, capital formation, co-location, competitive barriers, connectivity vendors, dark pools, decimalization, Designated Market Maker, direct market access, ECN, efficiency, electronic communication networks, electronic trading desks, electronically accessibel quotes, endowments, Equity Market Structure, execution speed, fees, fixed income, foundations, France, frontrunning, Germany, global financial crisis, hedging, HFT, high frequency trading, institutional investors, insurance companies, inter-market arbitrage, Intermarket Trading System Plan, inventory risks, investment time horizon, investor confidence, ITS, Japan, large cap stocks, limit orders, liquidity, long-term investors, low latency technology, market color, market consolidation, Market Crash of 1987, market depth, market fragmentation, market maker, momentum ignition, mutual fund, Nasdaq, National Association of Securities Dealers Inc., National Market System, New York Stock Exchange, non-public trading, NYSE, Office of Economic Analysis, order anticipation, order cancellations, order handling rules, order protection rule, pensions, phantom liquidity, pinging, post-trade execution, post-trade transparency, price discovery, price swings, private investment pools, proprietary trading, public information, quantitative strategies, quote flickering, registered investment advisers, regulation ATS, Regulation NMS, retail investors, risk management, SEC, sector change, Securities and Exchange Commission, securities lending, sellers, short selling, short-term traders, small cap stocks, specialist quotes, sponsored access, spreads, technology, trading desk, trading volume, transaction costs, transparency, Treasury ETF, trends, U.S Treasury bonds, U.S. Department of Justice, United Kingdom, upstairs market, volatility,
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