MFA Comment Letters

Topic: corporate bonds

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,

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,

Comment Letter on Joint Release Regarding Reporting by Investment Advisors to Private Funds and Certain Commodity Pool Operators and Commodity Trading Advisors on Form PF04.08.11


MFA filed a comment letter with the SEC and CFTC in response to their joint proposal to require private fund […]

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Topics: absolute return strategies aggregate borrowings, aggregate gross asset value, alternative methodology, asset-backed securities, assets under management, audited financial statements, balance sheet value, beneficial owners, bespoke contracts, Bloomberg, borrowing arrangements, CCPs, CDS, CDX, central clearing counterparties, CFTC, clause (iii), collateral, collateral practices, commodity pool operators, commodity trading advisors, confidentiality of information, confidentiality protections, corporate bonds, Council and Office of Financial Research, counterparty exposures, CR01, creditor, currency rates, CUSIP number, DCMs, de minimis, debt securities, default rates, delta adjusted, direct clearing members, direct investments, distressed debt, Dodd-Frank Act, duration, DV01, equity derivatives, equity exposure, equity prices, FCMs, Federal Reserve System, Financial Accounting Standards Board, Financial Stability Oversight Council, five-year option, fixed advisory fees, foreign currency contracts, foreign exchange derivatives, Form 10-K, Form 10-Q, Form 13F, Form ADV, Form CPO, Form CTA-PR, Form PF, Form PF question 36, form PF questions 28 and 35, Form PQR, FSA, funds of funds, futures commission merchants, futures contracts, GAAP, generally accepted accounting principles, global regulators, GMV, gross asset value, hedge fund assets under management, hedge fund defaults, illiquid assets, inadvertent disclosure, inception class, individual certification, interconnectedness, interest rates, interpretive guidance, Investment Adviser Registration Depository, investment advisers, investment expenses, large private fund manager, lending institutions, Level 2 inputs, Level 3 inputs, leverage, liquidity management, liquidity risk, LMV, loan commitments, long positions, managed futures, margin requirements, market noise, market participants, market value, master agreement, master-feeder, maturity brackets, maturity mismatch, NAV, net asset value, net assets under management, net borrowings, non-bank financial companies, non-rated issues, notional amount, notional value of derivatives, offsetting exposure, OFR, operational capabilities, operational efficiency, other quantitative strategies, overcounting, parallel funds, parallel managed accounts, performance fees, portfolio management, prime brokers, private equity, private fund managers, private funds, privately issued convertible bonds, proposed reporting thresholds, proprietary information, proprietary methodology, public companies, qualifying fund, record owners, recordkeeping requirements, regulatory assets under management, regulatory scrutiny, rehypothecated initial margin, reporting period, repos, risk capital allocation, risk methodology, Schedule 13G, SEC, section 404, semi-annual reporting, sensitivity analyses, short borrowing, short positions, short term high quality corporate debt, short-term interest rate, short-term market fluctuations, side pocket arrangement, SMV, statistical arbitrage-equity, strategy exposure, swap contracts, synthetic borrowing, systemic risk, systemically significant, targeted requests, ten-year option, the Fed, threshold, threshold for enhanced performance, tiered reporting system, trading and investment strategies, tri-party collateral accounts, turnover rate, UK Financial Services Authority, unaffiliated third party sources, uncommitted lines of credit, undercounting, valuation methodology, Value at Risk, VaR, variation margin,
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