MFA Comment Letters

Topic: FSA

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 Response to FSA Discussion Paper on Implementation of the AIFMD03.23.12


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Topics: Advanced Method AIFMD, AIFMD firm, Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive, audit function, CAD-defined terms, capital requirements, CDS, CESR Guidelines on Risk Management and the Calculation of Global Exposure and Coutnerparty Risk for UCITS, chief compliance officer, compliance function, conflicts of interest, CRD3 framework, depositary, depositary liability, Dodd-Frank Act, ESMA, EU Passport, EUR denominated bonds, European Central Bank, European Securities and Markets Authority, exchanges, external valuer, family investment vehicle, family relationship, FCA, FCA Approach Document, Final Advice on the AIFMD, Financial Services Authority, foreign exchange, Form PF, FSA, FSA Discussion Paper "Implementation of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive", FSA Principles for Business, FSA Remuneration Code, functional and hierarchal independence, functional and hierarchical separation, hedge funds, hedging arragements, institutional investors, interest alignment, interest rate risk, internally managed AIF, internationally coordinated approach to reporting, investor capital, IPRU (INV), less than fully invested, letter-box entity, leverage, limited partnership, liquidity requirements, marketing, Member State competent authorities, MiFID, MiFID firm, MiFID investment services, MiFID portfolio managers, NAV, NAV per share, net asset value, net assets under management, non-EU AIFM, PII requirements, portfolio management, portfolio management personnel, portfolio risk, preferential treatment, prime brokers, private placement, professional indemnity insurance, professional investors, professional negligence, proportionality principle, proprietary business information, public offers, QIS disclosure requirements, qualitative risk limit, redemption terms, regulatory requirements, regulatory risks, remuneration guidelines, remuneration provisions, retail consumers, retail customers, retail investors, reverse solicitation process, risk management, risk/return profile, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, segregated account, side letters, single AIFM, swap data warehouses, SYSC 10 of the FSA Handbook, third country, third country managers, tier 4 firm, UCITS Directive, UCITS investors, UK AIFM, unregulated CIS, valuation oversight duties, valuation procedures, Value at Risk, VaR methodology,

MFA Submits Comments to ESMA on Short Selling and Sovereign CDS03.09.12


MFA submitted comments in response to ESMAs public consultation on possible delegated acts concerning the Regulation on short selling and […]

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Topics: aggregation of positions AIFMD, Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive, anti-avoidance provision, anticipated correlation, asset managers, Austria, bank name CDS, Belgium, BNP Paribas, broad-based indices, buffer periods, Buttersworth Journal of International Banking and Financial Law, CDS transaction, central clearing, CESR, civil law, clearing house, consolidated accounts, contract of insurance, convertible bond positions, convertible bonds, convertible debt, convertible debt securities, corporate bonds, correlation test, credit default swap, credit protection, credit quality, debt instruments, default risk, delegate, delta adjusted method, derivative instrument, disaggregation, emergent systemic risk, ESMA, ETF, EU Member State, European Securities and Markets Authority, Eurostoxx, eurozone, Financial Agency of Spain, financial institutions, financial instrument, forward rate agreement, France, FSA, fund management activities, future, Greece, group, hedged portfolios, holding a share, ICO, illiquid shares, indices, indirect exposures, Instituto de Credito Oficial, insurable interest, interest rate swap, interest rates, intra-Member State correlation, Ireland, IRS, IRS curve, issued share capital, Italian CDS, Italian CONSOB, Italian lira, Italy, legitimate market operations, Leonard Ng, Level 2 process, liquid market price, listed securities, long positions, margin level, market participants, Markit iTraxx SovX Western Europe Index, maturity bucket, Member State regulator, Ministry of Economy and Finance, money market instruments, narrow-based indices/baskets, natural or legal person, net short positions, netting, notional basis, option, OTC instruments, pan-European short selling disclosure regime, Portugal, proprietary models, publicly available information, quantitative threshold for high correlation, RBS, redenomination, reference asset, Regulation on short selling and certain aspects of credit default swaps, Secretariat of State for the Economy, sector-specific, securities law, sensitivity adjusted method, severe market turmoil, short sale, short selling, short selling bans, Societe Generale, sovereign bonds, sovereign CDS, sovereign CDS transactions, sovereign debt, sovereign issuer, Spain, static or dynamic hedging strategy, subordinated debt, supra-national European body, swap, tail risk, tail risk hedging, threshold of liquidity, trust preferred securities, UCITS, UK Financial Services Authority, uncovered credit default swap, uncovered position, uncovered short sales and credit default swaps, underlying shares, yield curve,

Comment Letter to ESMA on Short Selling and Credit Default Swap Regulation01.10.12


MFA submitted a comment letter on January 10 to the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) regarding the implementation of […]

Comment Letter to ESMA on its Draft Technical Advice to the European Commission for Implementing AIFMD09.13.11


MFA submitted comments to ESMA on its consultation on possible implementing measures of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD). […]

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Topics: Advanced Method Advisers Act, AIF, AIFMD, Article 3(2), Article 61, Article 9(3), AUM, AUM Calculations, bespoke system, Box 1, Box 106, Box 13, Box 19, Box 2, Box 29, Box 78, Box 79, Box 81, Box 86, Box 88, Box 89, Box 93, Box 95, Box 99, CDS, CESR Guidelines, collateral, collateral directive, Commitment Method, Committee on European Securities Regulators, confidentiality, consultation paper, counterparties, counterparty exposures, credit default swap, depositaries, depositary, diligence requirement, Dodd-Frank, due diligence, ECB, EU investors, EU Passport, European Central Bank, European Commission, exposure, Financial Services Authority, foreign exchange hedging position, Form PF, FSA, G-20, gates, generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), Gross Method, interest rate hedging position, international coordination, Investment Advisers Act of 1940, Level 2, Level 2 inputs, Level 3 inputs, leverage, liability regime, liability standards, liquidity risk, mark-to-market, market risk, marketing, MiFID, NAV, net asset value, omnibus accounts, operational risk, OTC transaction, passport regime, portfolio management, portfolio risk, prime brokers, private funds, professional indemnity insurance requirements, professional investors, proprietary information, re-hypothecation provisions, redemption policy, registration, remuneration, reporting period, repurchase agreement, retail investors, risk limits, risk management, safe-keeping function, SEC, securities lending agreement, segregation, semi-annual reporting, side pockets, sub-custodian, sub-investment managers, systemic risk, the directive, third party managers, transparency, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, UCITS Directive, underwriters, unobservable, valuation agents, Value at Risk, VaR,

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,

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,

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 […]

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