MFA Comment Letters

Topic: direct clearing members

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 ESMA on Straight-Through-Processing08.05.12


On August 5, MFA submitted a comment letter to the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) to advocate for the […]

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Topics: aggregate limit Allocations, alternative liquidity providers, anti-competitive effects, anti-competitive restrictions, bid-ask spread, bilateral credit agreement, bilateral derivatives transactions, bilateral market, bilateral master agreements, bilateral risk management, block transactions, breakage, bundled trade, CCP, CCP Requirements Task Force, CDS, central counterparty, central limit order books, CFTC, Chicago mercantile exchange, Christopher Seagon v. Deko Marty Belgium NV, clearing, clearing acceptance process, clearing agreement, clearing member, clearing obligation, clearinghouse, CME, Commission v. Council ERTA, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, competition, competitive liquidity, Continental Cans, cost-benefit analysis, Council of the European Union, counterparty credit risk, Court of Justice of the European Union, credit default swap, credit intermediation, credit limit, credit limit order bookc, credit limits, credit risk, customer clearing documentation, DCM, DCO, dealer-to-customer platforms, dealer-to-dealer clearing, dealers, delegated acts, derivatives, derivatives clearing organization, derivatives markets, derivatives transactions, Designated Contract Market, designation notice, direct clearing members, directive, documentation, Dodd-Frank Act, due diligence, efficiency, electronic trading, EMIR, endowments, energy derivatives, ESMA, ESMA Task Forces, EU, EU Member State, European Commission, European Parliament, European Securities and Markets Authority, European Union, executing counterparty, execution, execution platform, FIA, financial stability, Financial Stability Board, financial system, FSB, futures, Futures Industry Association, futures market, ICE Clear Credit LLC, ICE energy swaps, institutional investors, interconnectedness, interest rate swap, international harmonization of regulations, International Swaps and Dealers Association, investment managers, ISDA, latency, LCH Clearnet, limit check, liquidity, liquidity fragmentation, Liquidity Providers, Major Swap Participant, Managed Funds Association, mandatory clearing, market access, market participants, matched transactions, operational market processes, operational risk, OTC derivatives, OTC Derivatives Task Force, OTC derivatives transactions, over-the-counter derivatives, pension fund, real economy, real-time acceptance, real-time processing, regulatory technical standards, risk, risk management, risk-based, SEF, settlement, straight-through processing, swap dealer, Swap Execution Facility, systemic risk, technical standards, trade repositories, Trade Repositories Task Force, trading desk, trading venues, transaction capture facility, transparency, trilateral clearing agreements, trilateral documentation, underlying clients, United States, voice execution, volatility,

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,

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,
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