MFA Comment Letters

Topic: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

MFA Submits Letter and White Paper on Protection of Non-Public, Sensitive, and Proprietary Information by FSOC Members05.22.13


MFA submitted a cover letter and white paper to each member of the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) on the […]

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Topics: Adam Clark-Joseph adviser registration, Andrei Kirilenko, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, broker-dealer, CFTC, CIGFO, clearinghouses, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, commodity pool operator, commodity trading advisor, confidentiality, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Council of Inspectors General on Financial Oversight, CPO, CTA, data collection, data repositories, DCO, Department of the Treasury, Designated Clearing Organizations, Dodd-Frank Act, FCM, FDIC, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Housing Finance Agency, Federal Insurance Office, financial stability, Financial Stability Oversight Council, Form CPO-PQR, Form CTA-PR, Form PF, front running, FSOC, futures commission merchants, harmonization, high frequency trading, information security program, inspector general reports, intermediary, investment advisers, Jaksa Cvitanic, legal entity identifiers, liquidation, Managed Funds Association, market participants, market structure, National Credit Union Administration, National Institute of Standards and Technology, NIST, Office of Financial Research, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, President Obama, registered investment adviser, reporting, research, Reverse Engineered, Richard A. Shilts, Richard H. Baker, Rulemaking, SBSDR, SDR, SEC, SEC Office of Inspector General, Securities and Exchange Commission, Security-Based Swap Data Repositories, self-regulatory organization, SRO, substituted compliance, swap data repository, systemic risk, Trade Secrets, trade sectrets, Trading Activities, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services, U.S. securities law,

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 Amicus Brief on Issue of Creditor Coordination06.29.12


On June 29, MFA filed an amicus brief in the 11th Circuit en banc review of the CompuCredit case.  At […]

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Topics: Aidan Synnott Ali Stoeppelwerth, alternative investment industry, anticompetitive, Arizona v. Maricopa County Medical Society, Bankruptcy Code, Bankruptcy Filing, banks, bilateral monopoly, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Bondholder, bonds, borrowers, Brendy Kuehne, Broad. Music Inc. v. Columbia Broadcasting Sys. Inc, broker-dealer, Bus. Elecs. Corp. v. Sharp Elecs. Corp., capital, capital formation, chilling effect, Classic Cheesecake Co. Inc. v. JPMorgan Chase Bank NA, collective action risks, competition, Compucredit Holdings Corporation v. Akanthos Capital Management LLC, Conrad Duberstein, contract, contractual relationship, corporate bonds, credit market, credit squeeze, creditor, creditor coordination, Daniel Crane, debt instruments, debtor, distressed debt, Edward Altman, Falstaff Brewing Corp. v. New York Life Ins. Co., FDIC, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Trade Commission v. Brown Shoe Co., Federal Trade Commission v. Indiana Federation of Dentists, Federal Trade Commission v. Superior Court Trial Lawyers Association, Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, Finnegan v. Campeau Corp., Glenn Merrick, hedge funds, high-velocity market, institutional lender, interest rates, investment banks, Ireland v. Craggs, John Coffee Jr., Judge Easterbrook, Leegin Creative Leather Products Inc. v. PSKS Inc., leverage, Loan Syndications and Trading Association, low-velocity market, Marcel Kahan, Maris Distrib. Co. v. Anheuser-Busch Inc., market power, maturity date, Michael MacKenzie, Moses Silverman, National Collegiate Athletic Association v. Board of Regents, New York University Salomon Center, Nicole Bullock, Northwest Wholesale Stationers Inc. v. Pacific Stationery & Printing Co., Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Palmyra Park Hosp. Inc. v. Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, par value, per se rules, pre-packaged bankruptcy, price competition, price-fixing, primary market, Reisner v. General Motors Corp., Reiter v. Sonotone Corp., risk portfolio, secondary loan markets, securities firms, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, Shared National Credit Review, Sharon Steel Corp. v. Chase Manhattan Bank NA, SIFMA, Smith v. The Ferncliff, State Farm Mutual Auto. Ins. Co. v. Physicians Injury Care Center Inc., Stern School of Business, syndicated loan market, systemic risk, Tomotaka Fujita, Twin City Pipe Line Co. v. Harding Glass Co., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Unijax Inc. v. Champion International Inc., United Airlines Inc. v. U.S. Bank NA, United States v. Giordano, United States v. Topco Assocs Inc., Volt Info. Scis. Inc. v. Board of Trs. of Leland Stanford Jr. University, William Klein,

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 to SEC and CFTC Regarding Definition of ‘Eligible Contract Participant’01.10.12


MFA and SIFMA submitted a letter and attachment to the CFTC and the SEC on their proposed definition of “eligible […]

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 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,

Comment Letter on CFTCs Proposed Rule Related to Requirements for Derivatives Clearing Organizations, Designated Contract Markets, and Swap Execution Facilities Regarding the Mitigation of Conflicts of Interest11.17.10


On November 17, MFA submitted a comment letter on the CFTCs proposed rule related to Requirements for Derivatives Clearing Organizations, […]

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