MFA Comment Letters

Topic: best practices

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 Files Amicus in Lehman Litigation to Support Judicial Asset Sale Process09.28.12


MFA filed an amicus brief in the Barclays Capital and LBI SIPA Trustee litigation before the Second Circuit Court of […]

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Topics: Acton v. Fullmer (In re Fullmer) Adam Levitin, Adelphia Recovery Trust v. HSBC Bank USA (in re Adelphia Recovery Trust), alternative investment industry, amicus brief, amicus curiae, Asia, assets under management, AUM, Australia, bankruptcy, Bankruptcy Code, bankruptcy court, banks, Barclays Capital, Bass v. Parsons (In re Parsons), best practices, Big Shanty Land Corp. v. Comer Props. Inc., borrowers, capital markets, Clarification Letter, contract, debtor, Ella Shenhav, endowments, Europe, Financier Worldwide, Folger Adam Security Inc. v. Dematteis/MacGregor, free and clear, Harvey Miller, Illinois, In re Cavalieri, In re Cedar Tide Corp, In re F.A. Potts & Co., In re Fehl, In re Gulf Coast Oil Corp., In re Integrated Res. Inc., In re Sapolin Paints Inc., In re Savage Indus. Inc., In re Silver Bros. Co., In re Smith, In re Weisser Eyecare Inc., institutional investors, interest rates, James W. Giddens, Kelly DePonte, LBHI, Lehman Brothers Holding Inc., Lehman Margin Cash, lenders, liquidity, litigant, Lori Fife, M.R.R. Traders Inc. v. Cave Atlantique, Managed Funds Association, Matter of Pease, Med. Malpractice Ins. Ass'n v. Hirsch (In re Lavigne), Meinwald v. Meinwald, MFA, Morgan Olson LLC v. Federico et al. (In re Grumman Olson Indus. Inc.), New York Adelphia, no-cash deal, pensions, public policy, purchaser, Richard Mikels, risk management, Rob Copeland, secondary offerings, Securities Investor Protection Corporation Trustee, SIFMA, stakeholders, transparency, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, United States v. Sforza, Walker v. Lee (in re Rounds), Winston Inn & Rest. Corp. v. DeMichiel (In re Winston Inn & Rest. Corp.),

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 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,

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,

MFA Comments in Response to the IOSCO Consultation Report on Hedge Funds Oversight04.30.09


MFA submitted a written response to the IOSCO Consultation Report on Hedge Funds Oversight. MFA’s comments focused on four key […]

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Topics: absolute return advisory relationships, alternative investment fund managers, Alternative Investment Management Association, Anti-Fraud Provisions, banking, best practices, bilateral solutions, business-process objectives, buyers, capital, capital markets, CDS, centralized clearing, clearinghouse platforms, Commission Bancaire of France, counter-cyclical force, credit default swaps, customer collateral, diligence process, distressed assets, EC, endowments, equities, equity derivative confirmations, European Commission, Fannie Mae, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Financial Research Corp. counterparties, Financial Stability Forum, Freddie Mac, FSA, G-20, global crisis, global integration, Hedge Fund Standards Board, hedge funds, Hedge Funds Oversight: Consulation Report, high-water mark, insider trading, investor confidence, Investor Protection, IOSCO, Lehman Brothers, liquidity, Long Term Capital Management, Lord Adair Turner, management fee, Market Confidence, market integrity, MFA's Sound Practices for Hedge Fund Managers, minimum capital requirements, moral hazards, mutual fund, OMG, Operations Management Group, orderly dissolution, OTC derivatives, over-the-counter derivatives, pension plans, performance compensation, President's Working Group's Asset Managers' Committee, price efficiency, prime brokers, private pools, proprietary information, public disclosure, regulation, residential mortgage lending, Rulemaking, securities laws, sellers, selling short, stability, standardized disclosures, systemic risk, Task Force on Unregulated Financial Entities, Technical Committee of the Internationl Organization of Securities Comissions, transparency, U.K. Financial Services Authority,

MFA Letter to SEC Chairman Cox Regarding Hedge Fund Transparency and Other Issues04.24.08


MFA President and CEO, Richard H. Baker, met with SEC Chairman Christopher Cox this morning and discussed the topics addressed […]

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Topics: accredited investors accredited natural person, advertising materials, alternative investment industry, annual cap, Australia, Ban on General Solicitation and Advertising, best practices, broker-dealer, brokers, Canada, capital markets, CFTC, chief compliance officer, Christopher Cox, Clover Capital no-action letter, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Cross-Border Investments, Direct Participation Programs, Division of Investment Management, DPP, EU, European Union, Federal Securities Laws, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, financial services industry, FINRA, futures, futures market, General Advertising, General Solicitation, global capital markets, hedge fund investors, hedge fund managers, hedge fund offerings, hedge funds, Implications of the Growth of Hedge Funds Staff Report to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, inflation, investors, large accredited investor, lifetime cap, managed futures, market participants, Memorandum of Understanding, mutual recognition, Nancy Morris, National Futures Association, NFA, no-action letters, NYRO OCIE, offering proceeds, Policy Makers, pooled investment vehicle, private offerings, Protecting Investors: A Half Century of Investment Company Regulation, public commodity pool offerings, public commodity pools, public offering disclosure requirements, qualified purchasers, Regulation D, Regulators, regulatory barriers, Rulemaking, safe harbor, SEC, securities, Securities and Exchange Commission, sophisticated investors, Sound Practices for Hedge Fund Managers, staff guidance, systemic risk, trade associations, trail commissions, transaction costs, transparency, United States Congress,
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