MFA Comment Letters

Topic: creditworthiness

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 Comments to European Supervisory Authorities in Response to Joint Discussion Paper on Risk Mitigation Techniques04.02.12


MFA submitted a comment letter to the European Supervisory Authorities in response to their Discussion Paper on Draft Regulatory Technical […]

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Topics: assurance undertakings asymmetry, bankruptcy-remote, Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, Basel II, Basel III, Basel rules, best practices, bilateral arrangements, bilateral exchange, bilateral initial margin arrangements, buy-side firms, capital, CDS, central clearing, CFTC, collateralization, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, competitive advantages, counterparty credit risk, covered swap entities, credit default swap, credit exposure, credit institutions, creditworthiness, current market practice, daily valuation of collateral, de minimi exception, deep and liquid markets, derivatives markets, discriminatory distortions, dispute resolution procedures, due diligence, eligible collateral, EMIR, ESA, ESMA, EU, Eurodollar futures, European Banking Authority, European Commission, European Insurance and Occupational Pension Authority, European Securities and Markets Authority, European Supervisory Authorities, European Union, exposures, haircuts, hedging, highly correlated assets, incremental compliance costs, independent third party custodian, initial margin, insolvency estate, institutions for occupational retirement provision, insurance undertakings, interest rate swap, internal model method, internal models, international harmonization of regulations, intraday change, investment firms, Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities, legally required transparency, liquidity, major swap participants, margin, margin calculations, mark-to-market, market transparency, net margin, netting, NFCs+, non financial counterparties above the clearing threshold, non-cleared derivative contracts, non-cleared derivatives, non-cleared OTC derivatives, non-financial assets, non-prudentially regulated financial counterparties, NPRFC, OTC derivatives, over-collateralization, over-the-counter derivatives, party-specific variables, perceived systemic relevance, physically-settling forwards, posting party, PRFC, prudential regulators, prudentially regulated financial counterparties, receiving party, regulatory arbitrage, reinsurance undertakings, repurchase agreements, revaluation, risk mitigation techniques, risk-based margin requirements, security lending agreements, segregated account, segregation, segregation of counterparty assets, segregation regime, standardized method, substantial counterparty exposure, substantial position in swaps, systemic importance, tri-party custodial arrangements, uncollateralized, uniformity of application, variation margin,

Comment Letter to the CFTC on its Proposed Rules on Risk Management Requirements for Derivatives Clearing Organizations03.21.11


MFA submitted a comment letter to the CFTC on its proposed rules on Risk Management Requirements for Derivatives Clearing Organizations. […]

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Topics: $50 million upper limit antitrust considerations, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, bilateral trades, capital requirements, CFTC, Chicago Board of Trade, cleared trade volumes, clearing member, clearinghouses, Columbia University, committee on payment and settlement systems and technical committee of the International Organization of Securities Commissions, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, competition, connectivity, counterparty credit assessment practices, CPSS-IOSCO standards, credit risk, creditworthiness, cross product margin, customer initial margin, DCM, DCO, DCO concentration risk, DCO margin methodologies, default management framework, derivatives clearing organizations, Designated Contract Market, differentiated margining, direct clearing members, direct clearing members' initial margin, diversity of market participants, effective date, electronic execution, eligibility standards, excess margin, executing counterparty, fair and open access, federal register, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, five-day liquidation horizon, futures, global banking crisis, greater market concentration, guaranty fund scaling methodologies, hedge fund industry, highly liquid instruments, initial margin, initial margin requirements, investment banks, ISDA, leverage ratio, mandatory central clearing, margin, margin calculation utility, margin calls, margin methodology, margin requirements, mark-to-market variations, market liquidity, market volatility, minimum capital requirements, net capital obligation, non-hedge positions, obligations, on-the-run 10 year interest rate swaps, participant eligibility, phase-in period, portfolio margining, product eligibility, product portfolio, risk exposure, risk management, Risk Management Requirements, risk-based methodologies, scaling requirements, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEF, standard two-way protocols, stress and default scenarios, Swap Execution Facility, swap portfolio, swap portfolio size, swaps, systemic risk mitigation, The Turner Review, threshold guaranty fund contribution, tiers, transaction volume, volatility,

Comment Letter to the SEC and CFTC on Definitions of “Swap Dealer, Security-Based Swap Dealer (together, SDs), Major Swap Participant, Major Security-Based Swap Participant (together MSPs) and Eligible Contract Participant (ECP)02.22.11


MFA submitted a comment letter to the SEC and CFTC on their joint proposed rule to further define swap dealer, […]

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Topics: abnormal price movement acknowledgment requirements, applicable MSP thresholds, asset mix, bank capital standards, capital markets, cash settled swaptions, CDS, CDS protection, central clearing, centrally cleared positions, CFTC, Chicago mercantile exchange, clearing member defaults, clearinghouse, CME, commercial hedging, commercial loans, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, counterparty domicile, counterparty exposure, credit default swaps, credit ratings, credit spreads, creditworthiness, currency based institutions, current uncollateralized outward exposure test, daily mark requirements, daily variation margin calls, daily volatility, Dealer, dealers, default risk, delta weighting, deregistration period, discount factor, ECP, eligible contract participant, end-users, feeder fund, financial counterparty, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc., Financial Stability Oversight Council, FINRA, fixed downside risk, Form PF, Form PQR, FSOC, fund domicile, future exposure discount, hedge fund managers, hedge funds, high yield credit swaps, high-grade corporate securities, highly leveraged, highly liquid assets, independent amount of collateral, independent variable, index CDS, index derivatives, index reference entity, inflation, initial margin, interest rate swap, investment grade, investment-grade credit swaps, ISDA master agreements, jump-to-default risk, know your counterparty requirements, large private fund, liabilities to equity, LIBOR, limited purpose designations, liquidity, liquidity rights, longer-term leverage, Major Security-Based Swap Participant, Major Swap Participant, manager domicile, margin methodologies, mark-to-market exposure, market activity, market growth, market location, market-standard discount rate, master-feeder fund, minimum duration of status, mitigating commercial risk, msp, MSP definitions, MSP determination, MSP test, MSP thresholds, multiplier, non-ECP, non-investment grade, non-U.S. market, non-U.S. regulators., non-US domiciled fund, non-US entities, non-US securities, offshore fund, option expiration date, options on a swap, over-collateralization, overnight borrowing, physically settled swaptions, portfolio risk, potential future exposure calculation, potential future exposure test, potential systemic risk impact, Proposed Form PF section 1b, proposed form PF section 2(a), proposed form PF section 3, proposed form PF section 4, proposed Form PQR, quarters, question 11, question 27, question 38, question 47, question 5, question 68, reevaluation period, reference entity domicile, reproducible test, retail cash, Retail Forex Pool, risk factor multiplier, risk factor multipliers, risk mutualization, risk-mitigating tools, schedule B, SD, SD obligations, SEC, secured debt, Securities Exchange Commission, Security-Based Swap Dealer, security-based swaps, Senator Hagan, Senator Lincoln, short-term financing, short-term leverage, single-name CDS, smaller private fund, spread bank designation, substantial counterparty exposure, substantial position, swap rate, swap underlier, Swaps dealer, swaptions, systemic risk, systemically important, systemically important financial institution, term borrowings, threshold levels, tools of credit protection, trade verification, trading entity, traditional commodity pool, U.S. banking system, uncollateralized exposure, underlying instrument, undiversified market participant, United States financial markets, unpaid premiums, unsecured debt, upward adjustment, US entities, US Treasuries, valuation of collateral, variation margin, volatility,
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