MFA Comment Letters

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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 Joins Amicus Curiae Brief in the case of Hunter v. FERC Regarding Jurisdiction to Regulate Futures Trading07.08.10


MFA, together with FIA, CME and NFA, filed an amicus curiae brief in the Hunter v. FERC case. In our […]

MFA Letter to FTC on Prohibition of Energy Market Manipulation Rule05.20.09


MFA jointly with FIA, CME Group, ICE and NFA submitted a letter to the Federal Trade Commission regarding its “Prohibition […]

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Topics: 1145 (7th Cir. 1982) 2002 WL 32135703, 2006 WL 778640 (S.D. Tex. March 24 2006), 250 N.W.2d 583 (Minn. 1976), 276 F.3d 583 (D.C. Cir. 2001), 276 F.3d at 591, 276 F.3d at 592, 420 F Supp.2d 1043 (N.D. Cal. 2006), 512 U.S. 594, 531 S.W.2d 805 (Tex. 1975), 537 U.S. 820, 546 F.2d 1361, 556 S.W.2d 420 (Ark. 1977), 677 F.2d 1137 (7th Cir. 1982), 706 (2d Cir. 1987), 823 F.2d 702, 883 F.2d 537 (7th Cir. 1989), accounts, Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, agents, agricultural feed-stocks, Agriculture Department, Amaranth, anti-manipulation protections, anti-manipulation system, Board of Trade of City of Chicago v. SEC, Board of Trade of City of Chicago v. SEC 677 F.2d 1137, Board of Trade of the City of Chicago, brokers, CBOT, CEA, CFTC, chain of precedent, Chciago Mercantile Exchange Inc., Chicago Mercantile Exch. v. SEC, Clayton Brokerage Co. v. Mouer, CME Group Inc., COMEX, commercial market, commodities, Commodity Exchange, Commodity Futures Trade Commission, commodity pool operators, commodity prices, commodity trading advisors, compliance burden, congressional grant, contract markets, contractual privity, contradictory requirements, corn, corporate disclosures, counterparties, crude oil, customer protection, DOE, Donald S. Clark, emissions credit, Energy Department, energy futures, energy markets, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, ethanol, exclusive jurisdiction provision, exclusive jurisidiction provision, exclusive regulatory authority, false reports, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, federal register, Federal Trade Commission, FERC, FIA, forward market business activities, fraud proscriptions, FTC, FTC v. Roberts, futures exchange, futures group, Futures Industry Association, gasoline, ICE, ICE Futures Canada, ICE Futures of Europe, ICE Futures U.S., Inc., instruments, IntercontinentalExchange, intermediaries, International Trading Ltd. v. Bell, Jeffrey Sprecher, Jerrold E. Salzman, John M. Damgard, Ken Roberts Co. v. FTC, limited-purpose national securities association, Manipulation, Market Manipulation Rulemaking, merchants, Minnesota v. Coin Wholesalers, National Futures Association, New York Board of Trade, new York Mercantile Exchange Inc., NFA, No. 01-1772, non-futures, non-petroleum based commodities, NYMEX, options trading, over-the-counter energy trading platform, Part 317, petroleum distillates, price artificiality, price discovery, price effects requirements, registered account executives, regulatory, resource limitations, safe harbor, SEC v. American Commodity Exch., SEC vs. Hopper, speculative limits, statutory authority, sugar, Thomas W. Sexton, Trichilo v. Sec'y of Health & Human Servs., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, United States Congress, US vs. Reliant Energy Services, USDA, wholesale markets, wholesale purchase, Williamson v. United States, Winnipeg Commodity Exchange,

MFA Letter to UK Financial Services Authority to Proposed Short Selling Disclosure Measures05.08.09


MFA submitted a letter to the U.K. Financial Services Authority in response to its proposed short selling disclosure measures, recommending […]

MFA Comments to SEC on FINRA Regulation of Compensation, Fees and Expenses in Public Offerings of Real Estate Investment Trusts and Direct Participation Programs06.04.08


MFA submitted a comment letter to the SEC on FINRA’s rule 2810 with respect to trail commissions along with the […]

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,

MFA Comments to SEC Regarding Proposals to Revise Limited Offering Exemptions in Regulation D10.19.07


MFA submits a comment letter to the SEC regarding their proposals to revise the limited offering exemptions in Regulation D.

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Topics: 20% beneficial owner Accerdited Investor, accounting officers, accredited investor, accredited natural person, affiliated issuer, attorneys, bad actor disqualification provisions, beneficiaries, blue sky filing, brokers, capital, capital formation, cease and desist, committed capital, compliance, deferred compensation, director, Disqualification Provisions, Division of Enforcement, dollar-amount thresholds, dollar-amount threshols, due diligence, economic efficiency, equity owners, executive officer, federal regulations, financial eligibility standard, financial sophistication standards, flexibility, Form D, Fraud, fund principals, Future Inflation Adjustment, General Advertising, general partner, General Solicitation, global alternative investment industry, grandfather provision, Grandfathered, hedge funds, higher dollar-amount thresholds, implications of the growth of hedge funds, inflation, inflation adjustments, Interation Safe Harbor, investments tests, investor, Investor Protection, Investor relations professionals, Issuer, issuers, joint income thresholds, Joint Investments, knowledgeable employees, limited announcement, Limited Coffering Exemptions, managed futures funds, managing member, Manner of Offering, marital assets, natural persons, net worth, offering, Offerings, offers, Office of Economic Analysis, operational, policymaker, pooled investment fund, pooled investment funds, pooled investment vehicles, predecessor, primary beneficiary, private placement, private placement offerings, Private Pooled Investment Vehicle Release, privated pools of captial, promoter, Public Offerings, qualification, qualified client, Qualified Client Definition, qualified purchaser, Qualified Purchaser Definition, qualifies purchasers, recdivism, research analysts, retention tool, risk, risk/return, sale limitations, SEC, securities, Securities and Exchange Commission, senior financial, Sophisticated Investor Standards, sophisticated investors, sotck, start up company, subscription agent, Subscription Agreement, threshold, traders, traders of a fund affiliate, transaction costs, transactions, transparency, Trust Grantors, Trustees, U.S. Congress, United States,

MFA Submits Comments to SEC on Proposals for Accredited Natural Person and Antifraud Rules03.09.07


MFA submits comment letter and attachment to the SEC on Proposals for Accredited Natural Person and Antifraud Rules.

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Topics: 100 beneficial owners 3(c)(1) funds, 3(c)(7) funds, accounting officers, accredited investor, accredited investor standard, Accredited Natural Person Proposal, alternative investment industry, American Bar Association, antifraud proposal, attorneys, beneficial owners, broker dealers, brokers, capital markets, cash room, Christopher Cox, competition, compliance, conflicts of interest, deferred compensation, Department of the Treasury, dialogue, direct investment, due diligence, eligible contract participant, ERISA Issues, financial eligibility standard, financial eligibility standards, fund employees, Goldstein decision, grandfathering provision, hedge funds, illiquid investments, incentive compensation, industry innovation, Investor Protection, joint property, Jonathan Shieber, legal counsel, Limited Partnership Agreement, liquidity, Lock-up, managed futures funds, management, net worth, net worth threshold, Office of Economic Analysis, operational, pooled investment vehicles, President's Working Group on Financial Markets, price efficiency, private equity, private investment vehicles, private placement memorandum, private pools, Prohibition of Fraud by Advisers to Certain Pooled Investment Vehicles, Pui-Wing Tam, PWG, qualified client, qualified eligible person, qualified institutional buyer, qualified purchaser, Randal Quarles, real estate, Regulatory Structure, Request for Proposal, research analysts, risk distribution, risk-adjusted performance, Robert Steel, scienter, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, Senate Committee on Banking Housing and Urban Affairs, side letters, start-up funds, Stephen Heuser, Stuatory Authority, Subscription Agreement, tax issues, Thomas Lemke, traders, transfer procedures, transparency, U.S. economy, venture capital, withdrawal,
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