MFA Comment Letters

Topic: exchange trading

Comment Letter to SEC and CFTC on Proposed Rules Defining ‘Swap,’ ‘Security-Based Swap,’ and ‘Security-Based Swap Agreement,’ and Guidance on Mixed Swaps and Security-Based Swap Agreement Recordkeeping07.22.11


MFA submitted comments to the SEC and CFTC in response to their request for comments on their proposal on the […]

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Topics: 1993 energy exemption alternative delivery procedures, alternative transfer structure, antifraud liabilities, assignment and assumption agreements, bankruptcy estate, beneficial ownership interest, book-out contracts, business conduct requirements, capital, central clearing, CFTC, commodities, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, current debtor-creditor relationship, deferred shipment, delivery, direct or indirect ownership, eligible contract participants, energy commodities, exchange trading, Federal Securities Laws, forward contract exclusion, further definitions of swap, grantor, institutional investors, lender of record, liquidity, LMA, loan agreement, loan arrangers, loan market association, loan markets, loan participants, loan participations, loan payments, Loan Syndications and Trading Association, loan total return swaps, loan transfer mechanism, LSTA, margin, market participants, material non-public information, mixed swaps, netting, non-U.S. counterparties, nonfinancial commodity, oil, OTC derivatives, participant, participation agreements, physical commodity, physically settled, primary loan markets, private market, recordkeeping, reference loan, reporting, SEC, secondary loan markets, Securities and Exchange Commission, security, Security-Based Swap, security-based swap agreement, security-based swap agreement recordkeeping, syndicated loan market, synthetic exposure, systemic risk, total return payer, total return receiver, true participants, true participation, true sale, U.S. domiciled counterparties,

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,

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,

MFA Comments to the “Over-the-Counter Derivatives Markets Act of 2009”11.09.09


MFA submitted a letter to the Department of the Treasury regarding the Obama administration’s legislative proposal titled the “Over-the-Counter Derivatives […]

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Topics: AAA credit rating AIG, airline, American International Group, Bankruptcy Code, bankruptcy-remote, capital formation, capital restrictions, cash-settled contracts, central clearing, central clearinghouse, CFTC, collateral segregation, commodity, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, credit risk, custodian, dealers, Department of the Treasury, derivatives clearing organizations, derivatives transactions, end-users, endowments, energy companies, Enron Corporation, exchange trading, exchange-traded products, Gary Gensler, hedge funds, hybrid market, initial margin, institutional investors, insurance companies, ISDA product definitions, LBIE, legacy standardized swaps, Lehman Brothers, local governmental entities, Long Term Capital Management, Major Swap Participant, market manipulation, non-clearable trade, non-cleared swap transactions, non-dealer entities, Obama Administration, OTC derivatives, OTC derivatives market, over-the-counter derivatives, Pension Funds, physically-delivered commodities, position limits, pre-merger notification regime, private funds, proprietary assets, registered derivatives clearing organization, regulatory framework, risk management, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, securities dealers, securities market, security-based swaps, segregation, substantial net position, substantial unsecured net position, swap dealers, swap market participant, thrift and insurance holding company, trade and position reporting, unsecured current credit exposure, utilities, variation margin,

MFA Comments on Consultation on Increasing Short Position Transparency10.09.09


MFA submitted a letter to the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) today in response to its Consultation Paper […]

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Topics: alternative investment classes anonymised disclosure, bid-ask spreads, capital formation, capital raising, cash markets, CESR, chilling effect, close out indicators, confidentiality, convertible arbitrage, convertible bonds, copycat behavior, delta adjusted, derivatives, designated securities, dual-listed securities, efficiency, endowments, exchange trading, Financial Services Authority, financial services sector, financial stocks, foundations, FSA, global equity markets, hedging strategies, herding, Hong Kong, Hong Kong market, institutional investors, investment managers, Journal of Finance, liquidity, listed corporations, manipulative conduct, market efficiency, market liquidity, market making, market participants, market volatility, net long position, net short positions, non-designated securities, non-public disclosure, off-exchange transaction, on-market transactions, OTC transaction, pan-European short selling disclosure regime, pensions, price discovery, price formation, price volatility, primary market, private reporting, proprietary research, public disclosure of short positions, reporting threshold, retail investors, risk management, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, Securities and Futures Commission, SEHK, settlement, SFC, short positions, short sellers, short selling, short selling bans, short selling disclosure regime, short squeeze, stocks, transaction costs, transitory short position, transparency, turnover ratio, volatility,
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