MFA Comment Letters

Topic: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

MFA Submits Letter and White Paper on Protection of Non-Public, Sensitive, and Proprietary Information by FSOC Members05.22.13


MFA submitted a cover letter and white paper to each member of the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) on the […]

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Topics: Adam Clark-Joseph adviser registration, Andrei Kirilenko, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, broker-dealer, CFTC, CIGFO, clearinghouses, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, commodity pool operator, commodity trading advisor, confidentiality, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Council of Inspectors General on Financial Oversight, CPO, CTA, data collection, data repositories, DCO, Department of the Treasury, Designated Clearing Organizations, Dodd-Frank Act, FCM, FDIC, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Housing Finance Agency, Federal Insurance Office, financial stability, Financial Stability Oversight Council, Form CPO-PQR, Form CTA-PR, Form PF, front running, FSOC, futures commission merchants, harmonization, high frequency trading, information security program, inspector general reports, intermediary, investment advisers, Jaksa Cvitanic, legal entity identifiers, liquidation, Managed Funds Association, market participants, market structure, National Credit Union Administration, National Institute of Standards and Technology, NIST, Office of Financial Research, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, President Obama, registered investment adviser, reporting, research, Reverse Engineered, Richard A. Shilts, Richard H. Baker, Rulemaking, SBSDR, SDR, SEC, SEC Office of Inspector General, Securities and Exchange Commission, Security-Based Swap Data Repositories, self-regulatory organization, SRO, substituted compliance, swap data repository, systemic risk, Trade Secrets, trade sectrets, Trading Activities, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services, U.S. securities law,

MFA Submits Accompanying Portfolio Margining Letter11.26.12


MFA submitted a supplemental comment letter to the U.S. prudential regulators during the reopened comment period for their proposed rulemaking […]

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Topics: affiliate-held collateral bankruptcy, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, broker-dealer, buy-side, capital markets, capital requirements, caps, CCP, CDS, central counterparties, CFTC, Chevron Products Co. v. SemCrude L.P., Chicago mercantile exchange, Cleared Products, CME Clearport, CME Group, collateral, Collecting Futures Commission Merchant, commodity broker, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, covered swap entities, covered swap entity, credit default swap, cross-currency swaps, cross-margining, Dealer, debt obligation, Depositing Futures Commission Merchant, derivatives clearing organization, Dodd-Frank Act, eligible collateral, end-users, Farm Credit Administration, Farm Credit System, FCM, FDIC, Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Home Loan Banks, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, Federal Housing Finance Agency, Federal National Mortgage Association, floors, futures, futures commission merchant, hedging, ICE Clear Credit, ICE Clear Europe, In re Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc et al, index CDS, inflation swaps, initial margin, insured obligation, LCH.Clearnet Ltd., liquidity, Major Security-Based Swap Participant, Major Swap Participant, mandatory clearing, margin, market liquidity, market participants, master netting agreements, New York Portfolio Clearing LLC, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, options, Options Clearing Corporation, OTC derivatives, over-the-counter derivatives, portfolio margining, posted margin, prudential regulators, redundant margin, regulatory regime, risk, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, Security-Based Swap Dealer, security-based swaps, segmentation, swap dealer, swaps, swaptions, systemic risk, triangular setoff, uncleared swaps,

MFA Submits Amicus Brief on Issue of Creditor Coordination06.29.12


On June 29, MFA filed an amicus brief in the 11th Circuit en banc review of the CompuCredit case.  At […]

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Topics: Aidan Synnott Ali Stoeppelwerth, alternative investment industry, anticompetitive, Arizona v. Maricopa County Medical Society, Bankruptcy Code, Bankruptcy Filing, banks, bilateral monopoly, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Bondholder, bonds, borrowers, Brendy Kuehne, Broad. Music Inc. v. Columbia Broadcasting Sys. Inc, broker-dealer, Bus. Elecs. Corp. v. Sharp Elecs. Corp., capital, capital formation, chilling effect, Classic Cheesecake Co. Inc. v. JPMorgan Chase Bank NA, collective action risks, competition, Compucredit Holdings Corporation v. Akanthos Capital Management LLC, Conrad Duberstein, contract, contractual relationship, corporate bonds, credit market, credit squeeze, creditor, creditor coordination, Daniel Crane, debt instruments, debtor, distressed debt, Edward Altman, Falstaff Brewing Corp. v. New York Life Ins. Co., FDIC, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Trade Commission v. Brown Shoe Co., Federal Trade Commission v. Indiana Federation of Dentists, Federal Trade Commission v. Superior Court Trial Lawyers Association, Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, Finnegan v. Campeau Corp., Glenn Merrick, hedge funds, high-velocity market, institutional lender, interest rates, investment banks, Ireland v. Craggs, John Coffee Jr., Judge Easterbrook, Leegin Creative Leather Products Inc. v. PSKS Inc., leverage, Loan Syndications and Trading Association, low-velocity market, Marcel Kahan, Maris Distrib. Co. v. Anheuser-Busch Inc., market power, maturity date, Michael MacKenzie, Moses Silverman, National Collegiate Athletic Association v. Board of Regents, New York University Salomon Center, Nicole Bullock, Northwest Wholesale Stationers Inc. v. Pacific Stationery & Printing Co., Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Palmyra Park Hosp. Inc. v. Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, par value, per se rules, pre-packaged bankruptcy, price competition, price-fixing, primary market, Reisner v. General Motors Corp., Reiter v. Sonotone Corp., risk portfolio, secondary loan markets, securities firms, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, Shared National Credit Review, Sharon Steel Corp. v. Chase Manhattan Bank NA, SIFMA, Smith v. The Ferncliff, State Farm Mutual Auto. Ins. Co. v. Physicians Injury Care Center Inc., Stern School of Business, syndicated loan market, systemic risk, Tomotaka Fujita, Twin City Pipe Line Co. v. Harding Glass Co., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Unijax Inc. v. Champion International Inc., United Airlines Inc. v. U.S. Bank NA, United States v. Giordano, United States v. Topco Assocs Inc., Volt Info. Scis. Inc. v. Board of Trs. of Leland Stanford Jr. University, William Klein,

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 Proposed Rules for Margin Requirements for Uncleared Swaps and Capital Requirements for Swap Dealers and Major Swap Participants07.11.11


MFA submitted a comment letter to the CFTC in response to both their notice of proposed rulemaking on Capital Requirements […]

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Topics: " "Proposed Margin Rules " uncollateralized swap positions, "Proposed Capital Rules, "too big to fail, adverse pricing, Alternative Method, asset class, asset classes, bilateral variation margin exchange, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, buy-side firms, capital planning, Capital Relief for Cleared Swaps, capital requirements, Capital Rules, central clearing, CFTC, Chicago Trading Company, collateral delivery, collateral management practices, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, commodity swaps, counterparties, counterparty credit quality, counterparty exposure, cross-product netting agreements, CSE, custodian, customized transactions, DCO, equity swaps, Eurodollar futures, Farm Credit Administration, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Housing Finance Agency, financial entities, five-day time horizon, funding costs, futures commission merchant, Gary Gensler, grid-based method, Hon. Ben S. Bernanke, in-the-money swap, initial and variation margin transfers, initial margin model, interest rate swaps, Joint Commission-SEC Staff Roundtable on Proposed Dealer and major Participant Definitions Under the Dodd-Frank Act, liened account assets, liquidation value, liquidity, margin, margin exchange, margin practices, Mr. Eric Chern, multi-lateral agreements, multiplier of 2.0, multiplier of 4.4, net counterparty exposure, netting, non-cash collateral, non-cleared commodity options, Office of the Currency, Office of the Treasury, one-sided variation margin arrangements, out-of-the-money swap, paired products, pension plans, physically-settling forwards, portfolio offsets, proprietary models, prudential regulator, reference cleared swap, referenced bond, Reporting of Capital Requirements, repurchase agreements, risk management, safeguards. designated clearing organization, SEC, security lending agreements, segregation of customer assets, shielding assets, swap markets, swap portfolio, systemic risk, tailored products, ten-day liquidation time horizon, Timothy Geithner, trading contracts, trading costs, transparency, two-way exchange of variation margin, uncleared swaps, university endowments, unsecured counterparty credit risk, unsecured obligations, variation margin,

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,

Supervisory Commitment Letter on OTC Derivatives Initiatives03.31.11


The MFA, along with several other major financial institutions, submitted this letter to William C. Dudley of the Federal Reserve […]

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Topics: 2011 EDDs ACP, affirmation, aggregate compression yields, Alliance Bernstein, Allocations, amortizing swaps, Anglo Irish Bank Corporation Limited, Asset Management Group of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, automated processing, automatic compression, Autorite de Control Prudential, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, Bank of England, Barclays Capital, baseline metrics, bilateral risk management, Blackrock Inc, Blue Mountain Capital Management LLC, BNP Paribas, buy-side institutions, caps, Cash Flow Matching for Equity Derivative Transactions, CCP, CDD, CDS, CDS central counterparties, CDX Untranched Swaption transactions, central clearing, CFTC, CIG, Citadel LLC, Citi, clearing agreement, client collateral, client data confidentiality, client onboarding, CLS, CLS Aggregation Service, CMD, collateral disputes, column-wise functional area, Committee on Payment and Settlement Systems, Commodities Major Dealers, Commodities Steering Committee, commodity derivatives, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Complex Exotic Instruments, compression MIS, compression requirements, Connecticut Banking Department, Continuous Linked Settlement system, copper records, Core FX, Core FX settlement processing, COSC, cost-recovery, CPSS-IOSCO, credit, credit default swap, Credit Derivative Tranche Transactions, Credit Derivatives 2010 Documentation Update Working Group, Credit Implementation Group, Credit Suisse, Cross-Currency Guide, cross-currency swaps, currently eligible transactions, CZK, D.E. Shaw & Co L.P., data reporting, DC, dealer to dealer clearing, derivatives, Deutche Bank AG, direct buy-side clearing models, dispute reporting, Dispute Resolution, dispute resolution procedures, disputed margin calls, DTCC, DW Investment Management LP, DWG, EDC, EDRR, EFET, electronic messaging, electronically eligible conformations, EMEA EM Interdealer Options, EMIR legislation, end user clearing, enhanced clearing penetration, enhanced financial safeguards, equity, equity derivative, Equity Derivative Reporting Repository, Equity Derivatives Definitions, Equity Determinations Committee, Equity Steering Committee, ESC, European Central Bank, European Commission, European Interdealer Fair Value Swap, European Interdealer Index Swap, European MBS, European Securities Markets Authority, European swaptions, extending operating hours, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Federal Reserve System, Financial Markets lawyers Group, Financial Stability Board, Fixed Recovery Swaps, flexibility, floors, flow/activity data, FMLG, foreign exchange derivatives, Foreign Exchange/Currency Derivatives Major Dealers, FpML Standards Committee, FRAs, functionality, FX derivatives, FX Novation Protocol, FX Volatility Swap, FXMD, G-14, G20, German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority, Global Compression, global derivatives, Goldman, Goldman Sachs Asset Management L.P., granularity, HSBC Group, HUF, ICE Clear Europe, ICE Trust, IETA, IGC Data Working Group, indirect buy-side clearing models, inflation swaps, infrastructure providers, inter alia, Interest Rate Derivative, interest rate derivatives, Interest Rate Derivatives Trade Reporting Repository, interest rates, international data standards, International Organization of Securities Commissions, international regulatory coordination, International Swaps and Derivatives Association Inc, Interoperability, IOSCO, IRRR, ISDA, ISDA 2011 convention on Portfolio Reconciliation and the Investigation of Disputed Margin Calls, ISDA 2011 Formal Market Polling Procedure, ISDA Credit Derivatives Determinations Committees, ISDA Credit Derivatives Physical Settlement Matrix, ISDA Minimum Market Standards for Portfolio Reconciliation, iTraxx Europe Untranched Swaption transactions, J.P. Morgan, Japan Financial Services Agency, LCH.Swapclear, LEAP, legal entity identifiers, LEI, lifecycle events, liquidity, LMBA, Managed Funds Association, margin requirement, market participants, market regulation, market structure, MarkitSERV, MarkitWire, Master Confirmation Agreements, matching and confirmation, Matrix Working Group, MCA, middleware platforms, Morgan Stanley, NDFs, NDOs, New "Gold" Products, New York State Banking Department, novation consent, Novation Consent Platform, ODRF, ODSG, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, offsetting CDS hedge, operation efficiency targets, operational performance targets, OTC, OTC Derivatives Regulatory Forum, OTC derivatives risk management, OTC Derivatives Supervisors Group, Over-the-Counter, Pacific Investment Management Company LLC, Phase II Repository Reporting Expectations, platform convergence, portfolio compression, portfolio reconciliation, product pipeline, prudential regulator, quantitative stock, Rates TRR aggregate reporting, recovery lock transactions, regular compression cycles, reporting, Request for Proposal, residual risk position, Restructuring Credit Event, RFP, risk issues, Sachs & Co, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, SGD, signatories, Simple Exotic Options, Simple instruments, single currency basis swaps, Small Bang Protocol, Societe Generale, sovereigns, standardization, standardization benchmarking, standardization matrix, standardization narrative, standardized representation, statutory clearing requirements, steady state, submission targets, Sukuk Corporate, Swaptions on Indices, Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority, tear-up algorithms, The Royal Bank of Scotland Group, tradable instruments, Trade Affirmation, trade date repositories, Trade Date submission, Trade Information Warehouse, trade lifecycle event processing, trade pairing process, trade repositories, trade repository infrastructure, transaction level data submissions, Transaction Supplement, transparency, trickle down effect, UBS AG, uncleared transactions, uncollateralized payable, unique product identifiers, United Kingdom Financial Services Authority, Vanilla Options, Warehouse Trust, Wellington Management Company LLP, Wells Fargo Bank N.A., zero coupon swaps,

Comment Letter in Response to the FDICs Interim Final Rule Implementing Certain Provisions of the Orderly Liquidation Authority (OLA),03.28.11


MFA filed a comment letter in response to the FDICs interim final rule implementing certain provisions of the orderly liquidation […]

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Topics: allocation of capital Bankruptcy Code, Board of Directors of FDIC, bond holders, bridge financial company, chapter 7 liquidation, claim disallowance, contingent claims, covered financial institution, creditor involvement, creditor losses, creditor participation, critical vendors, debt instrument, default, Disclosure, distress, doctrine of necessity, equality of distribution, estate, fair market value, favored creditors, FDIC, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, financial market meltdown, insolvency laws, insolvency proceeding, investor, judicial review, Liquidation Authority provisions, liquidation framework, liquidation process, liquidation value, longer-term financing, market data, market discipline, market expertise, market fluctuations, moral hazard, non-statutory considerations, OLA, orderly liquid authority, preferred creditors, providers of lines of credit, publicly traded securities, quotes, ratable payments, receivership, receivership estate, repurchase agreements, secured creditor, securities contracts, shareholder losses, short-term creditors, short-term financing, short-term lenders, swaps, systemic risk, systemically significant firm, third-party market participants, transparency, true market valuation, underlying collateral, unduly delay, Union Bank v. Wolas, unsecured claim, unsecured creditors, unsecured deficiency claim, US government securities, valuation date, valuation of collateral, valuation rules, volatility,

Comment Letter Responding to FDIC’s Proposed Rules to Implement Certain Provisions of the Orderly Liquidation Authority in Title II of the Dodd-Frank Act.01.18.11


MFA filed a comment letter with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (the FDIC) in response to the FDICs proposed rules […]

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