MFA Comment Letters

Topic: asset managers

MFA Submits Comments to ESMA on Short Selling and Sovereign CDS03.09.12


MFA submitted comments in response to ESMAs public consultation on possible delegated acts concerning the Regulation on short selling and […]

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Topics: aggregation of positions AIFMD, Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive, anti-avoidance provision, anticipated correlation, asset managers, Austria, bank name CDS, Belgium, BNP Paribas, broad-based indices, buffer periods, Buttersworth Journal of International Banking and Financial Law, CDS transaction, central clearing, CESR, civil law, clearing house, consolidated accounts, contract of insurance, convertible bond positions, convertible bonds, convertible debt, convertible debt securities, corporate bonds, correlation test, credit default swap, credit protection, credit quality, debt instruments, default risk, delegate, delta adjusted method, derivative instrument, disaggregation, emergent systemic risk, ESMA, ETF, EU Member State, European Securities and Markets Authority, Eurostoxx, eurozone, Financial Agency of Spain, financial institutions, financial instrument, forward rate agreement, France, FSA, fund management activities, future, Greece, group, hedged portfolios, holding a share, ICO, illiquid shares, indices, indirect exposures, Instituto de Credito Oficial, insurable interest, interest rate swap, interest rates, intra-Member State correlation, Ireland, IRS, IRS curve, issued share capital, Italian CDS, Italian CONSOB, Italian lira, Italy, legitimate market operations, Leonard Ng, Level 2 process, liquid market price, listed securities, long positions, margin level, market participants, Markit iTraxx SovX Western Europe Index, maturity bucket, Member State regulator, Ministry of Economy and Finance, money market instruments, narrow-based indices/baskets, natural or legal person, net short positions, netting, notional basis, option, OTC instruments, pan-European short selling disclosure regime, Portugal, proprietary models, publicly available information, quantitative threshold for high correlation, RBS, redenomination, reference asset, Regulation on short selling and certain aspects of credit default swaps, Secretariat of State for the Economy, sector-specific, securities law, sensitivity adjusted method, severe market turmoil, short sale, short selling, short selling bans, Societe Generale, sovereign bonds, sovereign CDS, sovereign CDS transactions, sovereign debt, sovereign issuer, Spain, static or dynamic hedging strategy, subordinated debt, supra-national European body, swap, tail risk, tail risk hedging, threshold of liquidity, trust preferred securities, UCITS, UK Financial Services Authority, uncovered credit default swap, uncovered position, uncovered short sales and credit default swaps, underlying shares, yield curve,

Letter to Mary Schapiro; Attachments: (Industry Letter on Buy Side Access to Clearing) and (Recommended Timeline for Adoption and Implementation of Final Rules Pursuant to Title VII of The Dodd-Frank Act)03.24.11


MFA submitted a letter to Chairmen Schapiro and Gensler, and each of the SEC and CFTC Commissioners, providing our recommendations […]

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Topics: 14d order 17f6 order, alternative margin segregation schemes, asset manager accounts, asset managers, back loading facility, back-office processing, Bankruptcy Code, Basel I capital requirements, big bang approach, bilateral swaps, block trade. swap initial margin, block trading, Bloomberg, broad industry clearing, broad-based index credit default swaps, Business Conduct Standards, buy-side access, buy-side participants, capital requirements, CCP implementation period, CCP risk management, CCPs, CDS, CDS books, central clearing, CFTC rules, clearable contracts, cleared OTC derivatives, cleared settlement, cleared swaps, clearing, clearing agreement, clearing members, clearinghouses, ClearPort, CME, CME rules, CMs, collateral, commission fee, commodity contracts, complex instruments, compression, counterparty risk, credit, current clearable swaps, customer clearing services, customer funds, DCO governance, DCO registration, dealer-to-dealer clearing, default waterfall, derivatives clearing organizations, direct clearing participants, Dodd-Frank clearing requirements, DTCC data, efficiency, electronic data, eligible contract participant, end to end production testing, end-to-end systems flow, end-user exemptions, end-users, English law CSAs, exchange trading, execution agreement, fallback processing, FCMs, FIA, financial disclosure requirements, FINRA exemptions, front-office processing, future clearable swaps, futures, give up process, give-up agreements, global financial system, hedge funds, ICELink, IIGC, indirect clearing participants, individual risk concentrations, industry-level metrics, interdealer reporting, interest rate markets, interest rate swaps, investor, ISDA Governance Committee, liquid contracts, liquid swap transactions, liquidity, long-only accounts, mandatory clearing date, margin methodology, margin regime, margin requirements, margin segregation, MarkitWire, middle-office processing, migration, milestones, mixed swap, MSP recordkeeping requirements, MSPs, net client omnibus margin account, New York Fed, non-US bankruptcy, non-US bankruptcy laws, non-US CM's default, onboarding, onboarding work streams, open interest caps, OTC derivatives, OTC derivatives market, OTC derivatives reform, Phase 1 mandatory cleared products, phase-in approach, phase-in period, position limits, post-default portability, post-trade reporting, pre-default portability, pre-trade reporting, price challenge protocol, price transparency, public reporting, real-time reporting, reform, Regulators, risk compression, risk waterfall process, roll-out schedule, scale readiness, SD recordkeeping requirements, SEC exemptions, SEC rules, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEF trading, segregation framework, sell-side firms, simpler instruments, single-name CDS, standardized documentation, standardizing contracts, streamlined netting process, swap dealer, systemic counterparty risk, systemic risk, TBF, tear-ups, title transfer regime, trade compression, trade rejection rights, trade repositories, trade repository data, trade transparency, trading annex, transparency, uncleared settlement, US bank CM, US banking regulators, US bankruptcy, vendor, volume targets, voluntary back loading, voluntary period, voluntary targets, waterfalls,

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

MFA Submits Joint Letter to SEC on Proposed Revisions to Rules to Shorten Restricted Security Holding Periods09.21.07


MFA submits comments to the SEC in a joint letter with the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association and the […]

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Topics: account managers actual knowledge standard, affiliates, aggregate resales, Aggression, alternative trading systems, asset managers, asset-backed securities, banks, basket, Baskets of Securities or Indices, bids, broker dealers, brokerage firms, business continuity, business units, buy-side, capital, Cashless Exercises, CDS, Chicago Board Options exchange, class relief, clearing brokers, client confidentiality, client driven, compliance, convertible debt, credit default swap, credit exposures, de-legending, deminimis exercise prices, derivative positions, director, disaster recovery, doctrine of fungibility, domestic issuers, equity securities, exchange traded index funds (ETF), executioms, executive officer, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, FINRA, FINRA/NASD rule 2320, Fixed Income Exchange, Form 10 information, Form 144, Form 4, Form D filing, Former Shell Company, forward and option contractsm sales, fund of funds, Goldman Sachs & Co., Goldman Sachs II, hedge funds, hedging activities, hedging periods, holder, Holding Period, holding periods, index, information sharing, institutional holders, institutional investors, inter-dealer quotation systems, internal information barrier, International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Investor Protections, ISDA, Issuer, Jesse M. Brill, liquidity, long posistion, long-equivalent, managed futures funds, market, market makers, monitor, multiple accounts, Net Notional Amounts, New York Stock Exchange, nominal exercise prices, Nonconvertible Debt Securities, noncovertible debt, OTC derivatives, over-the-counter derivatives, Partial Hedging, pennies per share, pilot basis, portfolio managers, Portfolios, Powershares Exchange-Traded Fund Trust (ETF), pre-paid forward contracts, preferred stock, prime brokers, private capital formation, private placement, privately negotiated derivatives industry, public markets, public resales, qualified institutional buyers, Reasonale Belief, record, regulatory requirements, relevant unit, Reliance on Represenatons, resecuritization, restricted debt securities, restricted security holders, restricted security holding periods, Restrictive legends, risk management strategies, S&P 500 securities, safe harbor, SEC, securities, Securities and Exchange Commission, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, Securities Industry Association, security-holders, sell side, seller, shares, shell companies, short, short call option posistion, short-equivalent, SIA, SIFMA, significant costs, Single Trading Strategy, Staff Interpretive Posistions, ten percent beneficial owner, tolling, track, trading desks, transaction, Transfer Restrictions, transparency, unaffiliated seller, underwriter, usual and customary, verify, volume limitations, volume-weighted average prices, VWAP Trades,
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