MFA Comment Letters

Topic: FIA

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,

MFA Submits Comments to ESMA in Response to Draft Technical Standards on OTC Derivatives, CCPs and Trade Repositories03.19.12


MFA submitted a comment letter to the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) in response to its Discussion Paper on […]

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Topics: ADR aggregation, alternative liquidity providers, American Depository Receipt, back testing, back-to-back arrangements, bespoke and customized transactions, Cayman Islands, CCP, CCP Board, CCP committee, CCP data, CCP governance arragements, CCP's margin models, CCPs governance structure, central clearing, central counterparty, CFTC, chief compliance officer, chief risk officer, chief technology officer, clearing, clearing member, clearing members, clearing obligation, client clearing models, clients, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, competitive execution, confidence interval, confidentiality agreements, confidentiality of counterparty identities, conflicts of interest, counterparty and operational risk, counterparty credit risk, credit intermediary, credit intermediation, default, derivatives market, disclosure requirements, disclosure thresholds, Dodd-Frank Act, electronic trading, electronically processed, EMIR, ESMA, ESMA Discussion Paper on Draft Technical Stanards for the Regulation on OTC Derivatives CCPs and Trade Repositories, EU, EU member currency, Euro, European Securities and Markets Authority, European Union, executing counterparty, execution documentation, execution platform, extraterritorial application of EMIR, FCM, FIA, FIA-ISDA Cleared Derivatives Execution Agreement, foreign exchange derivatives, fund domicile, futures commission merchant, Futures Industry Association, guarantor, Hong Kong, indirect clearing, indirect clearing models, indirect contractual arrangements, interest rate derivatives, international harmonization of regulations, International Swap Derivatives Association, ISDA, liquidation period, lookback period, manager domicile, margin levels, margin requirements, market integrity, market location, market oversight, non-dealer representatives, non-default clearing members, notional amount, OTC derivatives, OTC derivatives market, over-the-counter derivatives, portability, principal of business, privacy and confidentiality of information, public dissemination of information, real-time processing, reasonably liquid traded instruments, record keeping, reference entity domicile, reference security, risk committees, risk management expertise, SD, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, security-based swaps, segregation, settlement currency, sound governance requirements, straight-through processing, stress tesing, sublimit, swap dealer, systemic risk, technical standards, third country counterparities, third country entities, trade acknowledgment, transaction volumes, underlying instrument,

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,

MFA Letter to FTC on Prohibition of Energy Market Manipulation Rule05.20.09


MFA jointly with FIA, CME Group, ICE and NFA submitted a letter to the Federal Trade Commission regarding its “Prohibition […]

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Topics: 1145 (7th Cir. 1982) 2002 WL 32135703, 2006 WL 778640 (S.D. Tex. March 24 2006), 250 N.W.2d 583 (Minn. 1976), 276 F.3d 583 (D.C. Cir. 2001), 276 F.3d at 591, 276 F.3d at 592, 420 F Supp.2d 1043 (N.D. Cal. 2006), 512 U.S. 594, 531 S.W.2d 805 (Tex. 1975), 537 U.S. 820, 546 F.2d 1361, 556 S.W.2d 420 (Ark. 1977), 677 F.2d 1137 (7th Cir. 1982), 706 (2d Cir. 1987), 823 F.2d 702, 883 F.2d 537 (7th Cir. 1989), accounts, Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, agents, agricultural feed-stocks, Agriculture Department, Amaranth, anti-manipulation protections, anti-manipulation system, Board of Trade of City of Chicago v. SEC, Board of Trade of City of Chicago v. SEC 677 F.2d 1137, Board of Trade of the City of Chicago, brokers, CBOT, CEA, CFTC, chain of precedent, Chciago Mercantile Exchange Inc., Chicago Mercantile Exch. v. SEC, Clayton Brokerage Co. v. Mouer, CME Group Inc., COMEX, commercial market, commodities, Commodity Exchange, Commodity Futures Trade Commission, commodity pool operators, commodity prices, commodity trading advisors, compliance burden, congressional grant, contract markets, contractual privity, contradictory requirements, corn, corporate disclosures, counterparties, crude oil, customer protection, DOE, Donald S. Clark, emissions credit, Energy Department, energy futures, energy markets, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, ethanol, exclusive jurisdiction provision, exclusive jurisidiction provision, exclusive regulatory authority, false reports, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, federal register, Federal Trade Commission, FERC, FIA, forward market business activities, fraud proscriptions, FTC, FTC v. Roberts, futures exchange, futures group, Futures Industry Association, gasoline, ICE, ICE Futures Canada, ICE Futures of Europe, ICE Futures U.S., Inc., instruments, IntercontinentalExchange, intermediaries, International Trading Ltd. v. Bell, Jeffrey Sprecher, Jerrold E. Salzman, John M. Damgard, Ken Roberts Co. v. FTC, limited-purpose national securities association, Manipulation, Market Manipulation Rulemaking, merchants, Minnesota v. Coin Wholesalers, National Futures Association, New York Board of Trade, new York Mercantile Exchange Inc., NFA, No. 01-1772, non-futures, non-petroleum based commodities, NYMEX, options trading, over-the-counter energy trading platform, Part 317, petroleum distillates, price artificiality, price discovery, price effects requirements, registered account executives, regulatory, resource limitations, safe harbor, SEC v. American Commodity Exch., SEC vs. Hopper, speculative limits, statutory authority, sugar, Thomas W. Sexton, Trichilo v. Sec'y of Health & Human Servs., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, United States Congress, US vs. Reliant Energy Services, USDA, wholesale markets, wholesale purchase, Williamson v. United States, Winnipeg Commodity Exchange,
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