MFA Comment Letters

Topic: Congress

Comment Letter on Proposed Rulemaking for Systemically Significant Institutions02.25.11


MFA submitted a letter to the Financial Stability Oversight Council in response to the Councils proposed rule regarding the criteria […]

Comment Letter to the Department of Labor in Response to the Departments Proposed Rule to Amend the Definition of Fiduciary Under ERISA02.03.11


MFA submitted a comment letter to the Department of Labor in response to the Departments proposed rule to amend the […]

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Topics: "may be considered" advice adverse, alternative investment vehicles, appraisal of property, appraisals, appraisers, asset-based fee compensation, bilateral agreement, California Public Employees' Retirement System, CFTC, Commodity Futures and Exchange Commission, Congress, custodians, daily mark, default, Department of Labor, derivative markets, diversification, DOL, DOL regulations, due diligence, Employee Benefits Security Administration, equity markets, equity securities, ERISA, ERISA fiduciaries, excise taxes, exemption applications, fee structure, fiduciary, fiduciary liability insurance. prime brokerage, fixed income markets, fund administration agreements, futures, general partner, general partners, good faith estimate, government safety new, hard-to-value, hedge fund manager, hedge fund managers, hedge funds, high water marks, impartial investment advice, inadvertent fiduciary status, Insurance and Investment, Internal Revenue Code, investment advisers, Investor Protection, Joseph Dear, managing member, market color, market concern, marketing services, may be considered standard, mutual understanding, net asset value, non-plan asset funds, options, overdraft coverage, pension fund, performance fee, plan asset vehicles, plan assets, pooled investment fund, pooled investment funds, pooled investment vehicles, pooled vehicle, pricing services, prime brokers, principal underwriter, private equity holdings, private investment fund, private pension, prohibited transaction provisions, purchaser, rate of return, real estate holdings, risk appetites, risk management, risk-adjusted returns, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, seller, selling exception, Senate Banking Subcommittee on Securities, settlement accommodations, short sales, side-pocket investments, significantly influence standard, structured products, swap counterparty, tailored advice, total returns, transaction reversal, valuation firm, valuation of assets,

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,

Comment Letter Responding to the Financial Stability Oversight Council’s Advance Notice and Request for Comment on the Criteria for Designating a Nonbank Financial Company as Systemically Important.11.05.10


MFA submitted a comment letter to the Financial Stability Oversight Council in response to the Councils advance notice and request […]

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Topics: "too big to fail alignment of interests, asset mix, assets under management, bank holding companies, banks, Board of Governors, BofA Merrill Lynch, Borrowing, broker-dealer, capital markets, CFTC, Cleared Transaction, collateral, Collateral Posting, Colombia University, Common Adviser, Congress, counterparties, counterparty risk management, Counterparty Risk Management Policy Group, credit exposure, Debt Guarantees, diversified portfolio, due diligence, Equity Capital Stability, FDIC, FDIC deposit insurance, Fed Chairman Bernanke, Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council, Federal Reserve System, Federal Reserve's Discount Window, Financial Assets, financial institutions, Financial Market Participants, Financial Stability Oversight Council, financial system, FSOC, gates, global mutual fund industry, Government-Funded Capital, Government-Issed Charter, hedge fund industry, hedge funds, high water marks, Highly Illiquid Assets, Inadequate Counterparty Risk, insurance companies, Investment Company Institute, investment portfolio, Legally Distinct Funds, leverage, leverage ratio, Liquidity Restrictions, Long Term Capital Managment, LTCM, major swap participants, margin requirements, market participants, Nonbank Financial Company, off-balance sheet exposures, OTC, OTC Derivatives Trades, over-the-counter derivatives, overnight borrowing, performance fees, Periods of Redemption, Position Size, prime brokerage, Redemptions, regulatory regime, retail investors, risk monitoring, risk-adjusted returns, SEC, Securities Exchange Commission, Short-Term Funding, Side Pocket Vehicles, sophisticated investors, Standardized Transactions, Structure of the Industry, swap dealers, systemic risk, Systemic Risk Monitoring, Systemically Important Financial Companies, Systemically Important Institutions, Systemically Relevant Firms, TARP, Troubled Asset Relief Program, U.S. Banking Industry, U.S. Financial Stability, ultra-high net worth individuals, Uncleared Transaction,

MFA Submits Letter to Department fo the Treasury Regarding Review by the Treasury Department of the Regulatory Structure Associated with Financial Institutions11.21.07


MFA submits letter to the U.S. Department of the Treasury in response to its request for recommendations on how to […]

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Topics: adequate disclosure Asian Countries, Australia, BaFin, bonds, business models, capital raising process, CFTC, collateral management stystems, collective investment vehicles, commercial, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, commodity pool operator, commodity pool operators, common stock, competitiveness concerns, compliance, conduct-of-business, conflicting regulatory edicts, Congress, costs, counterparites, cross-recognition efficiencies, crude oil, currency options template, customer protections, Department of the Treasury, derivatives, derivatives clearing organizations, Disclosure, duplicative systems, Europe, exchange, exchanges, fair prices, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, federal government, FERC, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, financial institutions, financial integrity systems, financial products, Financial Services Action Plan, Financial Services Roundtable, FINRA, flexibility, foreign markets, Fraud, fund of funds, funds, futures, futures brokerage commission payments, futures contracts, futures exchange, G-8 finance ministers and deputies, global alternative investment industry, gold, hedge fund investors, hedge funds, hedging, Henry Paulson, higher prices, intemediary brokerage firms, intermediaries, International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), international organizations, international portfolio valuation principles, international regulatory standards, Investor Protection, Japan's Financial Services Agency, liquid trading markets, local law enforcement, managed futures funds, margin area, margin levels, market and financial integrity, Market Particpants, market price transparency, marketplace, mutual, National Futures Association, natural gas, natural gas futures price manipulation, net capital, net long, Netherlands, NFA, optimal regulatory structure, options contracts, options trading, ownership interest, peer-to-peer guidance for hedge fund managers, Policy Makers, pool offerings, portfolio margining, Portfolios, President's Working Group on Financial Markets, principles-based approach, private pools of capital, private sector self-regulation, private transactions, prudential safety, public interest, public interest goals, public managed futures fund offerings, PWG, regions, regulation of intermediaries, regulatory framework, regulatory oversight, Regulatory Structure, retail customers, retail foreign exchange (FX), risk management, risk-based performance bond system, rules-based approach, safe harbor, SEC, securities, Securities and Exchange Commission, security futures, short, Sound Practices for Hedge Fund Managers, soundness regulation, state regulators, state securities regulators, statutory core principles, stock index, stock price, stock world, substantial inefficiency, tired system of regulation, trading business activties, trading platforms, transactions, twin peaks model, U.S. capital market competitiveness, underlying asset, uniform set of basic principles of regulation, United Kingdom's Financial Services Authority (FSA), United States, unwarranted costs, valuation, wheat, wholesale,

MFA Files Joint Comment Letter to California Department of Corporations on Proposed Rule Requiring Hedge Fund Managers to Register with the State11.21.07


MFA and the Coalition of Private Investment Companies submit a joint comment letter to the California Department of Corporations on […]

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Topics: 2003 staff report accredited investor standard, accredited investors, Agreement Among PWG and U.S. Agency Principals on Principles and Guidelines Regarding Private Pools of Capital, assets under management, AUM, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (FED), brokerage firms, California, California Corporate Securities Law, California Public Employees' Retirement System, CalPERS, capital calls, CFTC, chief investment officer, Coalition of Private Investment Companies, Commisioner of the California Department of Corporations, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Congress, CPIC, Data, de minimis standard, Department of Corporations, Department of the Treasury, due diligence, electronic filing, Exempt Advisers, Exemption, fiduciary standards, financial market, financial products, Form D, Fraud, fund advisers, fund of funds, global alternative investment industry, hedge funds, implications of the growth of hedge funds, Industry Standards, industry trends, initial statement of reasons, investment adviser, investment advisers, Investor Protection, Investor's Committee of the Advisory Group, James Chanos, jobs, jurisdiction, liquidation restrictions, liscensing exemption, locked up, London, managed future funds, national markets, New York, office rents, oversight, Pension Funds, pooled investment vehicles, President's Working Group on Financial Markets, Private Offering, private offerings, privately-offered pooled investment vehicles, professional asset managers, proposal, public, PWG, qualified purchasers, Redemptions, registered investment companies, registrant, requirement, risk, San Francisco, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, Sound Practices for Hedge Fund Managers, spillover effect, start-up companies, state registration, support services, tax revenues, The Bureau of National Affairs, training personal, venture capital,

MFA Comments to IOSCO’s Call for Views on Issues That Could Be Addressed by IOSCO on Funds of Hedge Funds08.03.07


MFA submits comments in response to IOSCO’s “Call for Views on Issues that Could Be Addressed by IOSCO on Funds […]

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Topics: a 5% annual return absolute return strategies, accredited investors, accrual method of accounting, acquired fund fees, administrators, advertisement, advertising rules, adviser, adviser operations, advisory contract, advisory contracts, affiliated broker, Affiliated Person, agency transactions, an oath or affirmation, annual financial statements, Annual Report, annual self-assessment, asset coverage, assets, audit, audit committee financial expert, audit-related, bank, bank custodians, board members, borrowed funds, borrowings, breaches of fiduciary duty, break-even chart, broker dealers, broker-dealer, business background, capital stock, cash purchase plan fees, CFTC, cherry picking, chief compliance officer, closed-end investment companies, codes of ethics, committee structure, commodities, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, commodity pool operator, Commodity Pools, common shares, Company Act Disclosure Requirements, Company Act FOHFs, Company Act Registration, company obligations, compensation, compliance, compliance examinations, compliance policies and procedures, conflicts of interest, Congress, counsel, counterparty creditworthiness, CPO, custodians, custody, Department of the Treasury, derivative instruments, derivative market practices, directed brokerage arrangements, Disclosure, disclosure documents, disclosure requirements, diversification, dividend reinvestment, dividends, executive session, Exemption, expenses, family of investment companies, Federal Reserve, Federal Securities Laws, fee table, fees, Financial Industry Regulatroy Authority, financial reporting to investors, FINRA, fiscal period, FOHF Report, for cause examinations, Form N-2, Form N-CSR, Form N-SAR, fraudulent or manipulative practices, Full Part 4 CPOs, Full Part 4 Funds, fund of funds, futures brokers, futures professionals, General Solicitation, global alternative investment industry, glossaries, hedge fund industry, hedge funds, high net worth requirements, high risk, independent public accountant, independent registered public accounting firm, initial investment, initial investment requirements, interest payments, interested persons, international advisory and government bodies, investment companies, investment company, Investor Protection, Investor Protection Issues, Investor Suitability, investor's capital contribution, IOSCO, IOSCO Report, IOSCO Technical Committe Standing Committee on Investment Management, IOSCO Technical Committee, legends, leverage, liability, liquidation, liquidity, major dealers, managed futures funds, management agreements, management fees, Manner of Offering, margin obligations, mass mailings, material fact, material pending legal proceedings, MFA's Sound Practices for Hedge Fund Managers, mutual, NASD, National Futures Association, natural person, net asset value, net assets, net worth, New York Stock Exchange, NFA, NFA Notice I-07-25, non-voting interests, offering, offering disclosure regime, offering price, offering prive, open-end investment companies, outstanding voting, ownership of shares, performance fees, periodic statements, periodic tender offers, personal securities transactions, Plain English Principles, Plain English Requirements, policymakers, Portfolio Holdings, portfolio managers, principal executive, principal financial officers, principal transactions, private offering exemption, private sector, private sector initiatives, promotional material, prospective investors, prospectus, proxy voting, Public Offering, public sector, public trading market, qualified clients, rask factors, real estate, record keeping requirements, recordkeeping requirements, registration statements, regulatory regime, retail funds, Retail investment, retail investors, retail investors' increased investment in FOHF's, retail market, risk factors, safe harbor, sales loads, SEC, securities, Securities and Exchange Commission, Securities Exchange Board of India, securities transactions, Senior officer code of ethics, senior securities, share repurchases, shareholder approval, shareholders, shares, soft dollar, state agencies, state securities regulators, statement of additional information, Subscription Agreement, sweep examinations, table of contents, tansferability and redemption rights, tax, tax consequences, tax status, technical terms, total annual expenses, total return, transaction fees, transactions, U.S. Funds of Hedge Funds, U.S. GAAP, U.S. generally acceped accounting principles, unaudited semi-annual reports, underlying fraud, underwriters, undistributed profits, United Kingdom's Financial Services Authority, United States, verbatim risk of loss disclosure statements, volatility, voting,

MFA Letter to NASD Regarding Proposed Rule on Member Private Offerings07.20.07


MFA submits comments to the NASD regarding NASD Proposed Rule 2721, Member Private Offerings, requesting that privately offered commodity pools […]

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