MFA Comment Letters

Topic: Financial Stability Board

MFA Submits List of Priorities to CFTC Chairman Massad and Commissioners07.30.14


MFA submitted letters to Timothy Massad, the newly confirmed Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), along with the […]

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Topics: aggregation AIMA, alpha swap, alternative investment funds, Alternative Investment Management Association, alternative investment strategies, anonymity, Asset Management Group of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, assets under management, AUM, Bankruptcy Code, benchmark contracts, bespoke swaps, beta swap, board of directors, British Virgin Islands Financial Services Commission, burdensome, buy-side, cash-settled contracts, Cayman Islands, Cayman Islands Monetary Authority, CCP, central clearing, central counterparties, CFTC, chilling effect, cleared swaps, collateral, Committee of Payment and Settlement Systems, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, commodity interests, Commodity Markets Council, commodity pool, commodity pool operators, commodity trading advisors, compliance, corporations, CPO, CPO delegation, Cross-Border, CTA, custody rules, customer collateral, customer protection, DCM, DCO, Dealer, dealer-to-customer platforms, derivatives clearing organization, designated contract markets, Division of Market Oversight, Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight, Dodd-Frank Act, due diligence, EFRPs, EMIR, EU, European Commission, European Union, exchange for related position, execution, exemptive relief, FCM, FCM counterparty, Financial Conduct Authority, financial counterparty, Financial Stability Board, floor brokers, Form CPO-PQR, Form CTA-PR, Form PF, Form PQR, FSB, Full Physical Segregation, fund of funds, futures commission merchant, GAAP, gamma swap, general partner, generally accepted accounting principles, gold, haircuts, harmonization, hedge fund, hedgers, Hong Kong, illiquid assets, initial margin, insolvency, inter-dealer market, interest rate markets, International Organization of Securities Commissions, International Swaps and Derivatives Association, introducing broker, invoice spreads, IOSCO, ISDA, J. Christopher Giancarlo, JOBS Act, legal segregation with operation commingling, limited liability companies, limited partnership, liquidity, loss allocation, LSOC, made available for trading, Major Swap Participant, mandatory clearing, Mark Wetjen, market infrastructures, market participant, master agreement, MAT, MF Global Inc., MSPs, National Futures Association, natural gas, NFA, no-action relief, Obama Administration, OTC derivatives, OTC Derivatives Regulators Group, owned entities, package transactions, passive ownership, Peregrine Financial Group, physically settled, Policy Makers, position limits, President Obama, price discovery, private equity fund, private funds, private investment funds, private investment vehicles, privately offered commodity pools, proprietary trading tools, public investment fund, quarterly account statements, real estate investment trust, recordkeeping requirements, registered investment adviser, regulation, regulatory framework, regulatory requirements, risk management, Scott O'Malia, SDR, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, Securities and Futures Commission, SEF, segregated account, service providers, Sharon Bowen, short, SIFMA AMG, silver, speculation, spot-month position limits, straight-through processing, swap butterflies, swap curves, swap data reporting, swap data repository, swap dealer, swap execution facilities, swaps, swaptions, systemic risk, temporary interim relief, third country, Timothy Massad, trading privileges, transparency, Trust, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. Peregrine Financial Group Inc. and Russel R. Wasendorf, U.S. Congress, U.S. Department of the Treasury, U.S. person, United States, variation margin, Vincent A. McGonagle,

MFA Submits Comments to the FSB/IOSCO on Assessment Methodologies for Non-Bank Non-Insurer Global SIFIs04.07.14


MFA submitted a comment letter to the Financial Stability Board and the International Organization of Securities Commissions in response to […]

MFA and AIMA Submit Joint Letter on FSB Consultation on Key Attributes of Resolution Regimes for Non-Bank Financial Institutions10.15.13


MFA and AIMA submitted a joint letter to the Financial Stability Board (IOSCO) in response to its consultative document on […]

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 White Paper to European Commission on Shadow Banking06.01.12


On June 1, MFA submitted a white paper on hedge funds and shadow banking in response to the European Commission’s […]

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Topics: "too big to fail ABCP conduits, absolute risk, AIFMD, Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive, asset classes, asset-backed commercial paper conduits, asset-backed securities, assets under management, AUM, Background Note, Background Note "Shadow Banking: Scoping the Issues", bank-like activities, bank-like regulation, bankruptcy, banks, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, broker-dealer, Brookings Institution, Bureau of Economic Analysis, central clearing, CFTC, chief compliance officer, collateral, Columbia University, commodity futures contracts, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, commodity pool, commodity trading advisor, convertible arbitrage, corporate bonds, corporate fixed income instrument, counter-cyclical, counterparties, credit arbitrage strategies, credit cards, credit hedge funds, credit intermediation, creditor, CTA, demand deposit accounts, Department of the Treasury, deposit-like characteristics, derivative transactions, derivatives, derivatives market, direct lending, direct loan market, discount windows, distressed restructuring strategies, Dodd-Frank Act, Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Doug Elliott, EMIR, equity investors, EU, EU Member State, European Commission, European Market Infrastructure Regulation, European Union, financial industries, financial institutions, financial market, Financial Services Authority, Financial Stability Board, Financial Stability Oversight Council, fixed income - asset backed, fixed income - convertible arbitrage, fixed income - corporate, fixed income instruments, Form ADV, Form PF, FSA, FSB, FSOC, fundamental credit analysis, G20, gates, government bonds, government insurance, Green Paper "Shadow Banking", hedge fund counterparties, hedge fund industry, hedge fund managers, Hedge Fund Research, hidden leverage, House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, ICI, initial margin, insider trading, instant liquidity funds, institutional investment manager, investment advisers, Investment Company Institute, investment strategies, investor, leverage, leverage ratio, leveraged loan markets, liquidity, liquidity protections, liquidity transformation, loans, lock-up periods, Long Term Capital Management, Lord Adair Turner, major swap participants, margin, market based regulations, Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, Master Limited Partnership, maturity tra, maturity transformation, MiFID, money market funds, mutual funds, mutual funds management, non-bank financial insitutions, nonbank credit intermediation, Office of Financial Research, OFR, originator, OTC derivatives, over-the-counter derivatives, PIPE, pricing discrepancy, private equity, private investment in public equity, private issue/Regulation D strategies, property-casualty insurance, prudential regulation, public company equity securities, quantitative strategies, RAUM, real estate, receivables, redemption terms, Regulation D, regulatory arbitrage, regulatory assets under management, regulatory framework, relative value, relative value - multi-strategies, risk analysis, risk management, SEC, secured borrowings, secured financing, Securities and Exchange Commission, segregation, shadow banking, shadow banking system, side pockets, SIFI, SIV, small and medium-sized enterprises, SME, sophisticated investors, state securities regulators, structured investment vehicles, swap dealers, swaps, systemic risk, systemically important financial institution, tangible financial commitments, taxpayer, the Fed, total return swaps, transparency, U.S. Securities Laws, uncollateralized loans, United Kingdom, variation margin, venture capital funds, Volcker Rule,

MFA Submits Comments to the Monetary Authority of Singapore on Proposed Regulations on OTC Derivatives03.26.12


MFA submitted a comment letter to the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) in response to its Consultation Paper on Proposed […]

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Topics: aggregate counterparty credit risk average notional value, backloading, barriers to entry, bilateral market, buy-side clearing, CCP, central clearing, central counterparty, CFTC, clearing, clearing arrangements, clearing facilities, clearing house, clearing threshold, client access to clearing, commercial banks, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, confidentiality, Consultation Paper on Proposed Regulation of OTC Derivatives, counterparty identification, counterparty risk, customized and proprietary investment strategies, dealers, derivatives transactions, Dodd-Frank Act, Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, duplicative regulation, efficient capital flows, ESMA, EU, European Commission, European Union, financial entities, Financial Stability Board, foreign regulator, Form PF, fragmentation of liquidity, FSB, G20, G20 commitments, Gary Gensler, Honk Kong Monetary Authority, intellectual property, international harmonization of regulations, International Organization of Securities Commissions, IOSCO, legal entity identifiers, liquid and standardized transactions, liquidation horizons, mandary clearing, margin determinations, margin methodologies, margin requirements, market participants, Mary Schapiro, MAS, Monetary Authority of Singapore, money changers, netting, non-centrally cleared derivatives transactions, non-dealer client representation, non-financial entities, OTC derivatives, OTC derivatives market, over-the-counter derivatives, real-time processing, recognized clearing houses, registered insurers, regulatory regime, risk committees, risk management, Securities and Exchange Commission, Securities and Futures Commission, settlement risk, Singapore, straight-through processing, swaps, systemic risk, trade repositories, trading costs, trading mandate, transaction data, U.S. Federal Reserve Bank of New York, U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry,

Comment Letter Responding to FSB’s Background Note, ‘Shadow Banking: Scoping the Issues’05.16.11


MFA submitted a comment letter in response to the FSBs Background Note on Shadow Banking. In our letter, we discussed […]

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Topics: ABCP conduits asset concentration, asset management structures, Background Note, bank holding companies, bank/broker counterparts, banks, borrowing arrangements, broker dealers, collateral, concentration of assets, counterparty risk management, Counterparty Risk Management Policy Group, credit intermediation chain, derivatives contracts, direct regulation of entities, Distribution/Wholesale Funding, Financial Stability Board, FSA, haircuts, hedge fund adviser, hedge fund borrowings, hedge fund industry, hedge fund leverage, highly leveraged financial institutions, individual adviser, initial margin, insurance companies, interconnectedness of hedge funds, investors, large corporate investors, legal separation of different funds, liquidity transformation, Long Term Capital Management, long-only mutual funds, low leverage, LTCM, macro-prudential approach, manage liquidity risk, margining process, mark-to market margining, maturity transformation, mutual funds, non-bank institutional investors, nonbank financial institutions, off-balance sheet vehicles, Pension Funds, private equity funds, regulation, regulatory arbitrage, regulatory arbitrage concerns, repo collateral, repo liabilities, repo sellers, secured basis, secured borrowings, shadow banking system, Shadow Banking: Scoping the Issues, short term liability, stable capital, systemic impact of hedge funds, systemic risk concerns, The UK Financial Services Authority, U.S. President's Working Group on Financial Markets, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission,

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,

Supplementary Letter to the SEC in Response to its Proposed Antifraud Rule with Respect to Security-Based Swaps03.29.11


MFA submitted a letter to supplement our December 23, 2010 letter to the SEC in response to its proposed antifraud […]

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Topics: anti-fraud rule assignment, assignments, automatic stay provisions, Bank of International Settlements, Bankruptcy Code, bankruptcy proceedings, bilateral contracts, BIS, capital formation, CDS market, clearing agreement, collateral, competition, context, conveyance of rights/obligations, corporate actions, corporate loans, cost-benefit analysis, counterparty defaults, credit default swaps, credit events, credit exposure, Deception, definitions, derivatives market, disruption events, equity exposure, equity linked forwards, equity-linked swaps, exchange, execution, extinguishment of rights/obligations, fair dealing, FCIC, financial crisis, Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, Financial Stability Board, Fraud, high yield bonds, honest markets, institutional leveraged loans, interim payments, International Swaps and Derivatives Association Inc, investment grade bonds, investment grade loans, investor confidence, ISDA master agreement, LBO-related loans, legitimate market activity, legitimate market participation, leveraged loans, Loan market Review, Manipulation, material dislocation, material non-public information, maturity date, non-index multi-name credit default swaps, novations, premium payments, price discovery, price discovery process, price efficiency, primary debt issuance, primary participant, purchase, Reuters, sale, SEC, SEC v. Rotech, secondary participant, Securities and Exchange Commission, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, security based swap anti-fraud rule, security based swaps market, security-based swaps, single name credit default swaps, spread payments, statutory authorization, swap market, swaps market, systemic risk, termination, termination events, The Loan Syndications and Trading Association, total return swaps, transfer of rights/obligations, transferor, unallocated swaps, underlying shares, unwinds, US OTC derivatives market,
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