MFA Comment Letters

Topic: fiduciary duty

MFA Submits Letter to ESMA on Draft Technical Standards on OTC Derivatives08.05.12


MFA submitted a comment letter to the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) in response to its Consultation Paper on “Draft Technical […]

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Topics: "delta" hedge administrator, affiliated market participants, agency basis, Asia, back testing, Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, Basel III, bespoke non-cleared trades, bilateral counterparty credit risk, bilateral non-cleared OTC derivatives transactions, capital, CCP, CCP governing bodies, CDS, central clearing, central counterparty, CFTC, clearing member, client protections, close-out, collateral, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, compliance, confidence interval, conflicts of interest, contractual relationship, Council of the European Union, counterparty risk, coupon, CPSS-IOSCO, CPSS-IOSCO standards, credit default swap, credit institutions, credit risk, Cross-Border, currency, Dealer, debt-security based swaps, default, default fund, Derivative Contracts, derivatives, derivatives contracts, direct client, Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, duplicative regulation, EMIR, ESMA, EU, EU Member State, Euro, Europe, European Parliament, European Securities and Markets Authority, European Union, execution, extraterritorial application of EMIR, extraterritoriality, fiduciary duty, financial instrument, floating rate payment, foreign exchange, gross basis, hedging, in-the-money swap, index, indirect clearing, indirect client, initial margin, interest rate derivatives, interest rate swaps, interlocking governance arrangements, internal controls, International Organization of Securities Commissions, interpretive guidance, IOSCO, LCH Clearnet, Lee Underwood, liquidation horizons, liquidity fragmentation, major swap participants, margin, margin requirements, margin valuation, market participants, maturity, money market instruments, mutual recognition, negative correlation, net basis, netting, non-cleared OTC derivatives, non-linear products, omnibus account, OTC derivatives, OTC derivatives market, OTC derivatives transactions, over-collateralization, over-the-counter derivatives, portability, portfolio compression, portfolio reconciliation, posted collateral, principal basis, Proprietary Trading Strategy, proprietary trading tools, public disclosure, Regulators, regulatory arbitrage, regulatory technical standards, risk committee, risk management, risk management framework, risk mitigation, risk profile, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, security-based swaps, segregation, self-regulatory organization, settlement prices, SRO, Stan Ivanov, straight-through processing, stress testing, swap dealers, swaps, systemic risk, third country regime, total return swaps, trade repositories, trading costs, trading venues, transaction fees, transparency, upfront payment, variation margin,

Comment Letter Regarding SEC Study on the Whether the Establishment of a Self-Regulatory Organization Would Improve the Frequency of Examinations of Investment Advisers12.16.10


MFA submitted a letter today providing comments to the SEC on Section 914 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which requires the […]

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Topics: assets under management broker dealers, broker-dealer, capital formation, CFTC, check-the-box, chief compliance officer, clearing, clearing agencies, Committee on Financial Services, Commodities Futures Trading Commission, compliance, Compliance Policies, counterparties, custody, Department of Labor, Department of the Treasury, derivative, derivatives trading activities, Disclosure, Dodd-Frank Act, fiduciary duty, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, financial planners, Financial Stability Oversight Council, FINRA, forensic accounting, FSOC, hedge fund managers, initial margin, insider trading, investment activity, Investment Adviser Association and National Regulatory Services, investment adviser examination, investment advisory firm, Investor Protection, leverage, liquidation, major swap participants, msp, mutual fund, NASD, National Association of Securities Dealers, nregistered securities, Obama Administration's Financial Regulatory Reform Proposals, OCIE, Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, OTC derivatives, over-the-counter derivatives, over-the-counter securities markets, oversight, pension, private fund manager, purchase, registration, reporting, sale, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, securities lending, securities market, securities transactions, self-regulatory organization, short selling, small advisers, SRO, swap dealers, swaps, systemic risk, trading positions, traditional asset management firm, Transaction Reporting, transparency, U.S. House of Representatives, variation margin, wealth managers,

Comment Letter on CFTCs Proposed Rule Related to Requirements for Derivatives Clearing Organizations, Designated Contract Markets, and Swap Execution Facilities Regarding the Mitigation of Conflicts of Interest11.17.10


On November 17, MFA submitted a comment letter on the CFTCs proposed rule related to Requirements for Derivatives Clearing Organizations, […]

MFA Comments to SEC on Pay to Play Proposal10.06.09


MFA submitted a letter to the SEC today in response to its proposal to, among other things, restrict political contributions […]

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Topics: academic institutions affiliated broker-dealer, agency, American Bar Association, anti-competitive effects, assets, authority, backward-looking provisions, beneficial owners, Broker, broker-dealer, California Public Employees' Retirement System, CalPERS, CalSTRS, cash solicitation, charitable institution, chief compliance officer, chilling effect, code of ethics rule, Committee on Federal Regulation of the American Bar Association, compensation arrangements, compliance burden, compliance costs, compliance procedures, Connecticut, contractual rights and obligations, covered associates, covered investment pool, de minimi exception, Dealer, direct investment, direct investors, Disclosure, disproportionately severe punishment, due diligence, executive officer, family members of covered associates, fiduciary duty, Form ADV, Foundation, fund assets, fund of funds, general partner, government assets, government entities, government official, hedge fund managers, hedge funds, Illinois, inadvertent contribution, Inadvertent Violation, inauguration or transition committee, incentive fee structure, institutional investor, instrumentality of the State, interest, investment adviser, investment advisory services, investment management industry, investment management services, investment objectives, investment services, investment techniques, legal authorities, limited partnership, liquidity, local or state political party, look-back period, look-back provision, Los Angeles City Employees' Retirement System, Los Angeles County Employees' Retirement System, management fees, marketing activities, Massachusetts, MSRB, municipal securities, municipal securities business, municipal securities principals, municipal securities professional, municipal securities representative, Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, municipal securities underwriters, municipal underwritings, New Mexico Educational Retirement Board, New Mexico Investment Council, New York, New York City Employees' Retirement System, New York State Common Retirement Fund, offshore managers, Oklahoma, operational challenges, pay to play practices, pay to play scandals, Pennsylvania Public School Employees' Retirement System, Pennsylvania State Employment Retirement System, pension, personal political activities, placement agent, plan, platform arrangement, political action committee, political contributions, pool of assets, pooled investment vehicle, portfolio manager, pre-approval policies, pre-approval procedures, principal business unit, private fund, program, public pension plans, publicly offered securities, redemption requests, redemption rights, registered investment adviser, registered investment companies, registration, regulations, Regulators, requests for proposals, returned contribution, risk management, sales principals, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, securities firms, soliciting, state and federal laws, state and local entities, Teacher Retirement System of Texas, third party placement agent, third party placement agents, third party solicitors, transparency, unregistered adviser, Wall St. Journal, Washington, written compliance policies and procedures,
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