MFA Comment Letters

Topic: counterparty risk

MFA Submits Comments to the FSB/IOSCO on Assessment Methodologies for Non-Bank Non-Insurer Global SIFIs04.07.14


MFA submitted a comment letter to the Financial Stability Board and the International Organization of Securities Commissions in response to […]

MFA Coalition Submits Joint Letter to SEC and CFTC on CDS Customer Portfolio Margining05.10.13


MFA, the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI), and the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) (collectively, the “Associations”) submitted a […]

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Topics: ACLI AIMA, Alternative Investment Management Association, American Council of Life Insurers, arbitrage, backloading, broad-based indices, broker-dealer, buy-side participants, capital, capital formation, CDS, central clearing, CFTC, clearing, clearing agency, clearing mandate, clearinghouse, collateral, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, counterparty credit risk, counterparty risk, credit default swaps, credit risk, custody bank, DCM, DCO, dealers, derivatives, derivatives clearing organization, direct clearing members, directional portfolio, economic barriers, end-users, equity markets, excess margin, FCM, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, FINRA, futures commission merchants, Gary Gensler, hedging, ICE Clear Credit LLC, ICE Trust, initial margin, initial margin requirements, insolvency, institutional custodian, interconnectedness, interest rate swaps, Investor Protection, iTraxx Europe, legal segregation with operation commingling, liquidation, liquidity, liquidity requirements, long-short strategies, LSOC, LSOC with excess, margin, margin requirements, margining, market efficiency, market participants, Mary Jo White, master netting agreements, narrow-based index credit default swap, net margin, New York State Banking Department, OCC, offsetting position, Options Clearing Corporation, portfolio margining, price competition, price distortion, proprietary strategies, registered clearing agencies, regulatory framework, risk management, S&P 500, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, security-based swaps, segregation, self-clearing members, sell-side firms, settlement, short straddles, single-name CDS, speculative position, straight-through processing, swaps, systemic risk, tri-party segregation arrangements, variation margin, volatility, voluntary clearing,

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 Submits Letter to ESMA on Draft Technical Standards on OTC Derivatives08.05.12


MFA submitted a comment letter to the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) in response to its Consultation Paper on “Draft Technical […]

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Topics: "delta" hedge administrator, affiliated market participants, agency basis, Asia, back testing, Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, Basel III, bespoke non-cleared trades, bilateral counterparty credit risk, bilateral non-cleared OTC derivatives transactions, capital, CCP, CCP governing bodies, CDS, central clearing, central counterparty, CFTC, clearing member, client protections, close-out, collateral, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, compliance, confidence interval, conflicts of interest, contractual relationship, Council of the European Union, counterparty risk, coupon, CPSS-IOSCO, CPSS-IOSCO standards, credit default swap, credit institutions, credit risk, Cross-Border, currency, Dealer, debt-security based swaps, default, default fund, Derivative Contracts, derivatives, derivatives contracts, direct client, Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, duplicative regulation, EMIR, ESMA, EU, EU Member State, Euro, Europe, European Parliament, European Securities and Markets Authority, European Union, execution, extraterritorial application of EMIR, extraterritoriality, fiduciary duty, financial instrument, floating rate payment, foreign exchange, gross basis, hedging, in-the-money swap, index, indirect clearing, indirect client, initial margin, interest rate derivatives, interest rate swaps, interlocking governance arrangements, internal controls, International Organization of Securities Commissions, interpretive guidance, IOSCO, LCH Clearnet, Lee Underwood, liquidation horizons, liquidity fragmentation, major swap participants, margin, margin requirements, margin valuation, market participants, maturity, money market instruments, mutual recognition, negative correlation, net basis, netting, non-cleared OTC derivatives, non-linear products, omnibus account, OTC derivatives, OTC derivatives market, OTC derivatives transactions, over-collateralization, over-the-counter derivatives, portability, portfolio compression, portfolio reconciliation, posted collateral, principal basis, Proprietary Trading Strategy, proprietary trading tools, public disclosure, Regulators, regulatory arbitrage, regulatory technical standards, risk committee, risk management, risk management framework, risk mitigation, risk profile, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, security-based swaps, segregation, self-regulatory organization, settlement prices, SRO, Stan Ivanov, straight-through processing, stress testing, swap dealers, swaps, systemic risk, third country regime, total return swaps, trade repositories, trading costs, trading venues, transaction fees, transparency, upfront payment, variation margin,

MFA Submits Comments to the Monetary Authority of Singapore on Proposed Regulations on OTC Derivatives03.26.12


MFA submitted a comment letter to the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) in response to its Consultation Paper on Proposed […]

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Topics: aggregate counterparty credit risk average notional value, backloading, barriers to entry, bilateral market, buy-side clearing, CCP, central clearing, central counterparty, CFTC, clearing, clearing arrangements, clearing facilities, clearing house, clearing threshold, client access to clearing, commercial banks, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, confidentiality, Consultation Paper on Proposed Regulation of OTC Derivatives, counterparty identification, counterparty risk, customized and proprietary investment strategies, dealers, derivatives transactions, Dodd-Frank Act, Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, duplicative regulation, efficient capital flows, ESMA, EU, European Commission, European Union, financial entities, Financial Stability Board, foreign regulator, Form PF, fragmentation of liquidity, FSB, G20, G20 commitments, Gary Gensler, Honk Kong Monetary Authority, intellectual property, international harmonization of regulations, International Organization of Securities Commissions, IOSCO, legal entity identifiers, liquid and standardized transactions, liquidation horizons, mandary clearing, margin determinations, margin methodologies, margin requirements, market participants, Mary Schapiro, MAS, Monetary Authority of Singapore, money changers, netting, non-centrally cleared derivatives transactions, non-dealer client representation, non-financial entities, OTC derivatives, OTC derivatives market, over-the-counter derivatives, real-time processing, recognized clearing houses, registered insurers, regulatory regime, risk committees, risk management, Securities and Exchange Commission, Securities and Futures Commission, settlement risk, Singapore, straight-through processing, swaps, systemic risk, trade repositories, trading costs, trading mandate, transaction data, U.S. Federal Reserve Bank of New York, U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry,

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,

Letter to Mary Schapiro; Attachments: (Industry Letter on Buy Side Access to Clearing) and (Recommended Timeline for Adoption and Implementation of Final Rules Pursuant to Title VII of The Dodd-Frank Act)03.24.11


MFA submitted a letter to Chairmen Schapiro and Gensler, and each of the SEC and CFTC Commissioners, providing our recommendations […]

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Topics: 14d order 17f6 order, alternative margin segregation schemes, asset manager accounts, asset managers, back loading facility, back-office processing, Bankruptcy Code, Basel I capital requirements, big bang approach, bilateral swaps, block trade. swap initial margin, block trading, Bloomberg, broad industry clearing, broad-based index credit default swaps, Business Conduct Standards, buy-side access, buy-side participants, capital requirements, CCP implementation period, CCP risk management, CCPs, CDS, CDS books, central clearing, CFTC rules, clearable contracts, cleared OTC derivatives, cleared settlement, cleared swaps, clearing, clearing agreement, clearing members, clearinghouses, ClearPort, CME, CME rules, CMs, collateral, commission fee, commodity contracts, complex instruments, compression, counterparty risk, credit, current clearable swaps, customer clearing services, customer funds, DCO governance, DCO registration, dealer-to-dealer clearing, default waterfall, derivatives clearing organizations, direct clearing participants, Dodd-Frank clearing requirements, DTCC data, efficiency, electronic data, eligible contract participant, end to end production testing, end-to-end systems flow, end-user exemptions, end-users, English law CSAs, exchange trading, execution agreement, fallback processing, FCMs, FIA, financial disclosure requirements, FINRA exemptions, front-office processing, future clearable swaps, futures, give up process, give-up agreements, global financial system, hedge funds, ICELink, IIGC, indirect clearing participants, individual risk concentrations, industry-level metrics, interdealer reporting, interest rate markets, interest rate swaps, investor, ISDA Governance Committee, liquid contracts, liquid swap transactions, liquidity, long-only accounts, mandatory clearing date, margin methodology, margin regime, margin requirements, margin segregation, MarkitWire, middle-office processing, migration, milestones, mixed swap, MSP recordkeeping requirements, MSPs, net client omnibus margin account, New York Fed, non-US bankruptcy, non-US bankruptcy laws, non-US CM's default, onboarding, onboarding work streams, open interest caps, OTC derivatives, OTC derivatives market, OTC derivatives reform, Phase 1 mandatory cleared products, phase-in approach, phase-in period, position limits, post-default portability, post-trade reporting, pre-default portability, pre-trade reporting, price challenge protocol, price transparency, public reporting, real-time reporting, reform, Regulators, risk compression, risk waterfall process, roll-out schedule, scale readiness, SD recordkeeping requirements, SEC exemptions, SEC rules, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEF trading, segregation framework, sell-side firms, simpler instruments, single-name CDS, standardized documentation, standardizing contracts, streamlined netting process, swap dealer, systemic counterparty risk, systemic risk, TBF, tear-ups, title transfer regime, trade compression, trade rejection rights, trade repositories, trade repository data, trade transparency, trading annex, transparency, uncleared settlement, US bank CM, US banking regulators, US bankruptcy, vendor, volume targets, voluntary back loading, voluntary period, voluntary targets, waterfalls,

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,
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