MFA Comment Letters

Topic: FCMs

Comment Letter to SEC and CFTC Regarding Definition of ‘Eligible Contract Participant’01.10.12


MFA and SIFMA submitted a letter and attachment to the CFTC and the SEC on their proposed definition of “eligible […]

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 in Response to its Request for Comments on Position Limits for Derivatives03.28.11


MFA submitted comments to the CFTC in response to its request for comments on position limits for derivatives. MFA remains […]

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Topics: account aggregation requirements active trading program, aggregate all-months-combined, aggregate single-month, aggregate spot-month position limits, agricultural commodities, agricultural model, annual limits, annual recalculation methodology, annual renewal based exemption, application based exemption, approval based exemption, arbitrage exemption, Artificial limits, asset manager, audit, Barclays Capital, Bauer College of Business, benchmark contracts, Berlin wheat, bona fide hedger, calendar-spread exemption, cash market risk, cash market transaction, cash position, cash-settled contracts, CBOT, CFTC, CFTC docket no. 08-02, CFTC docket no. 11-05, Chicago onions, class limits, cleared bilateral contracts, CME, commercial hedgers, commercial participants, Commission Energy Complex Report, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, commodity market, commodity pool operator, commodity trading advisor, commodity trading advisors, common parent, conditional-spot month limit, control standard, corporate enterprises, CPO, Credit Agricole, cross-ownership of traders, crowding out provision, crude oil futures, CTA, CTFC Inter-Agency Task Force on Commodity Markets, DCMs, deferred month positions, deliverable supply, delivery point, delta, derivatives, directional position, disaggregation relief, disclosure documents, disorderly markets, eligible entity, energy market infrastructure, energy price volatility, Energy Risk, enforcement, enumerated agricultural commodities, equity interest, excessive speculation, FCMs, federal limits, financial cal spread options, financial institution, forward position, front month position, funds of funds, future commission merchants, futures, futures class all-months-combined, futures class single-month, futures market, GAO, global commodity, Global Energy Management Institute, hedge funds, hedging transaction, HH natural gas, HM Treasury Global Commodities, House Committee on Agriculture, hypothetical portfolios, IMF World Economic outlook, IMG, independent account controller exemption, independent third party, independently controlled accounts, independently controlled and managed trader, index fund manager, individual class rules, inter-commodity spread exemption, inter-commodity spread transactions, interest rates, International Organization of Securities Commission, interstate commerce, IOSCO, IOSCO Technical Committee, Jacks Study, JP Morgan, KCBOT, large trader data, last day swaps, legacy position limits, liquid price discovery, liquidity provisions, long positions, market depth, market liquidity, market manipulation, market surveillance, metal commodity, no-action relief, non-cleared bilateral contracts, non-financial entity exemption, non-spot position limits, NYBOT, NYMEX crude oil price, NYMEX Henery Hub Natural Gas contract, OECD Food, OECD publishing, offsetting positions, open interest, open interest formula, operating company, option contract, options, order routing arrangement, OTC, outright positions, passive investors, passive trading program, pension plan, penultimate swaps, percentage interest, physical cal spread options, physical commodity, physical commodity deliverable, physical options, physically delivered contracts, Pirrong Testimony, PKVerleger LLC, pool participant, pool participant exemption, position limits, position visibility, pre-existing position exemption, price discovery, price risk, price spikes, price volatility, private equity investments, real-time basis, referenced contracts, regulatory oversight, reporting obligation, reporting requirements, risk management, risk transfer, risk-shifting market, rounding, seasonal variation, seasonality, self-executing disaggregation, short positions, significant price discovery contracts, speculative investment, speculative trading ventures, spot month, spot-month position limits, squeezes, statement of reporting trader, stock indices, submarket, supply and demand, surveillance, swap contract, swap dealer hedge exemption, swaps class all-months-combined, swaps class single-month, swaptions, The Economist, U.S. dollar, U.S. futures exchange, UK Treasury, university endowment, University of Calgary, University of Houston, Wall St. Journal, WTI,

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 Business Conduct Standards for Swap Dealers and Major Swap Participants with Counterparties02.22.11


MFA submitted a comment letter to the CFTC on its proposal on Business Conduct Standards for Swap Dealers and Major […]

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