MFA Comment Letters

Topic: Federal Reserve System

Comment Letter to FSOC on Proposed Rules and Related Guidance on the Criteria for Designating Systemically Significant Nonbank Financial Institutions12.19.11


MFA submitted a comment letter to the Financial Stability Oversight Council regarding proposed rules to designate nonbank financial companies as […]

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,

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 on Proposed Rulemaking for Systemically Significant Institutions02.25.11


MFA submitted a letter to the Financial Stability Oversight Council in response to the Councils proposed rule regarding the criteria […]

Comment Letter Responding to the Financial Stability Oversight Council’s Advance Notice and Request for Comment on the Criteria for Designating a Nonbank Financial Company as Systemically Important.11.05.10


MFA submitted a comment letter to the Financial Stability Oversight Council in response to the Councils advance notice and request […]

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Topics: "too big to fail alignment of interests, asset mix, assets under management, bank holding companies, banks, Board of Governors, BofA Merrill Lynch, Borrowing, broker-dealer, capital markets, CFTC, Cleared Transaction, collateral, Collateral Posting, Colombia University, Common Adviser, Congress, counterparties, counterparty risk management, Counterparty Risk Management Policy Group, credit exposure, Debt Guarantees, diversified portfolio, due diligence, Equity Capital Stability, FDIC, FDIC deposit insurance, Fed Chairman Bernanke, Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council, Federal Reserve System, Federal Reserve's Discount Window, Financial Assets, financial institutions, Financial Market Participants, Financial Stability Oversight Council, financial system, FSOC, gates, global mutual fund industry, Government-Funded Capital, Government-Issed Charter, hedge fund industry, hedge funds, high water marks, Highly Illiquid Assets, Inadequate Counterparty Risk, insurance companies, Investment Company Institute, investment portfolio, Legally Distinct Funds, leverage, leverage ratio, Liquidity Restrictions, Long Term Capital Managment, LTCM, major swap participants, margin requirements, market participants, Nonbank Financial Company, off-balance sheet exposures, OTC, OTC Derivatives Trades, over-the-counter derivatives, overnight borrowing, performance fees, Periods of Redemption, Position Size, prime brokerage, Redemptions, regulatory regime, retail investors, risk monitoring, risk-adjusted returns, SEC, Securities Exchange Commission, Short-Term Funding, Side Pocket Vehicles, sophisticated investors, Standardized Transactions, Structure of the Industry, swap dealers, systemic risk, Systemic Risk Monitoring, Systemically Important Financial Companies, Systemically Important Institutions, Systemically Relevant Firms, TARP, Troubled Asset Relief Program, U.S. Banking Industry, U.S. Financial Stability, ultra-high net worth individuals, Uncleared Transaction,

MFA Submits Comments to IOSCO on Consultation Report on Hedge Funds Offered to Retail Investors05.31.06


MFA Submits Comments to IOSCO’s “Regulatory Environment for Hedge Funds” survey

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Topics: absolute return strategies accredited investors, alternative investment industry, assets under management, AUM, CFTC, client, Code of Ethics, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, commodity pool operator, commodity trading advisor, conflict of interest, Consultation Report on Hedge Funds Offered to Retail Investors, CPO, credit derivatives, CTA, dealers, Department of the Treasury, derivatives, due diligence, Fair Value, Federal Reserve System, Federal Securities Laws, fraudulent behavior, FTSE-250, fund of funds, futures, futures exchange, hard-to-v, hedge fund industry, hedge fund managers, hedge funds, illiquid investments, implications of the growth of hedge funds, institutional investors, International Organization of Securities Commissions, investment advisers, investment company, investor, IOSCO, IOSCO Technical Committe Standing Committee on Investment Management, Look Through, managed futures funds, MFA's 2005 Sound Practices, MFA's Sound Practices for Hedge Fund Managers, National Futures Association, NAV, net asset value, NFA, options contracts, pooled investment vehicle, pricing, private equity, private fund, real estate funds, registered investment companies, registered public offerings, regulation, Regulation D, reporting requirements, RICs, S&P 500, SC5 2003 Report, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, Senate Banking Subcommittee on Securities, side pocket, single-manager hedge funds, sophisticated investors, The Regulatory Environment for Hedge Funds, United States Congress, valuation, venture capital,
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