MFA Comment Letters

Topic: G20

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 and AIMA Submit Joint Letter on CPSS-IOSCO Consultative Report on Financial Market Infrastructure Recovery10.11.13


MFA and AIMA submitted a joint letter to the Committee of Payment and Settlement Systems (CPSS) and the International Organisation […]

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Topics: AIMA Alternative Investment Management Association, bail-in, Bank for International Settlements, Bank for International Settlements Committee on Payments, bankruptcy, broker-dealer, buy-side firms, capital requirements, CCP, central counterparty, CFTC, clearing, clearing member, collateral, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, competition, conflict of interest, consultation paper, contagion, default, default management committees, default waterfall, Dodd-Frank Act, EMIR, ESMA, European Securities and Markets Authority, European Union, ex ante measures, exchange-traded, exchange-traded derivatives, financial stability, financial system, G20, haircuts, hedge, initial margin, International Organization of Securities Commissions, IOSCO, liquidity, majory security-based swap participant, mandatory clearing, margin, margin haircut, mark-to-market, market infrastructures, market participants, orderly liquidation, OTC derivatives, over-the-counter derivatives, physical commodity, portfolio, prudential regulators, regulatory framework, risk committees, risk management, security arragements, security-based swap clearing agencies, Security-Based Swap Dealer, security-based swap execution facility, sell-side firms, shareholders, stress-testing methodologies, systemic risk, systemically important financial market infrastructure, title transfer collateral arrangements, trading venues, trading volume, transparency, uncleared derivative, Unwind, variation margin,

MFA and AIMA Submit Joint Letter to CFTC on Further Proposed Cross-Border Guidance02.06.13


MFA and AIMA jointly submitted a comment letter to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) on its “Further Proposed Guidance […]

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Topics: adviser registration AIMA, Alternative Investment Management Association, buy-side market participants, CCP, central clearing, central counterparty, CFTC, clearing, collective investment vehicles, commodities, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, commodity pool, commodity pool operator, Corporation, Council of the European Union, CPO, CPPSS-IOSCO, Cross-Border, de minimis, Dealer, derivatives, direct or indirect ownership, Dodd-Frank Act, duplicative regulation, ESMA, estate, EU, European Parliament, European Securities and Markets Authority, European Union, execution, foreign regulators, Form CPO-PQR, fund of funds, G20, G20 commitments, Gary Gensler, hedge fund managers, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Monetary Authority, income tax, international harmonization of regulations, International Organization of Securities Commissions, interpretive guidance, investment fund, investment manager, IOSCO, joint-stock company, Limited Liability Company, limited liability partnership, listed entity, LLC, LLP, Look Through, Major Swap Participant, majority ownership, mandatory clearing requirements, market participants, Mary Schapiro, MAS, Monetary Authority of Singapore, msp, OCC, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, OTC derivatives, OTC derivatives market, OTC derivatives reform, over-the-counter derivatives, ownership test, partnership, pension, phase-in period, pooled accounts, prime brokers, principal place of business test, registration, regulatory framework, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, Singapore, swap dealer, swaps, systemic risk, trade repositories, transparency, Trust, U.S. person,

MFA and AIMA Submit Comments to CFTC on Cross-Border Guidance08.28.12


MFA and AIMA jointly submitted a comment letter to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) on its “Proposed Interpretive Guidance […]

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Topics: accredited investors African Development Bank, AIMA, Alternative Investment Management Association, Asian Development Bank, banks, Business Conduct Standards, buy-side firms, CFTC, chief compliance officer, clearing, collective investment vehicles, comment letter, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, commodity pool, commodity pool operator, commodity swaps, compliance costs, Corporation, cost-benefit analysis, Council of the European Union, counterparties, CPO, CPO registration requirements, Dealer, dealers, Department of the Treasury, derivatives, derivatives markets, direct or indirect ownership, duplicative regulation, entity-level requirement, ESMA, estate, European Parliament, European Securities and Markets Authority, execution, fiduciary, financial crisis, financial stability, financial system, foreign banks, foreign entity, Form CPO-PQR, fund, fund of funds, G20, G20 commitments, general partnerships, hedge fund administrator, hedge fund industry, hedge fund managers, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Monetary Authority, income tax, Inter-American Development Bank, International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, international harmonization of regulations, International Monetary Fund, International Organization of Securities Commissions, interpretive guidance, IOSCO, Jill Sommers, joint-stock company, limited liability companies, listed entity, Look Through, major swap participants, majority ownership, margining, market impact, market participants, Monetary Authority of Singapore, MSPs, natural person, non-U.S. investment fund, non-U.S. market participants, non-U.S. persons, OTC derivatives, OTC derivatives market, over-the-counter derivatives, partnership, pension plans, Policy Makers, pooled accounts, portfolio reconciliation, prime brokers, qualified eligible person, real-time public reporting, registration, regulatory framework, regulatory requirements, reporting party, risk management, Scott O'Malia, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, Securities and Futures Commission, segregation, sell-side firms, shareholders, Singapore, substituted compliance, swap data recordkeeping, swap data reporting, swap data repository, swap dealer, swaps, swaps processing, third country, trade confirmations, transaction cost, transaction-level requirements, transparency, Trust, U.S. person, uncleared swaps, United Nations,

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,

MFA Submits Comment Letter to CFTC on Proposed Dodd-Frank Implementation Rules for Mandatory Swap Clearing, Trade Execution, and Margin Rules11.04.11


The OTC derivatives reforms (Title VII) resulting from the Dodd-Frank Act will cause sweeping transformation of the OTC derivatives markets […]

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Topics: active fund bilateral execution, broad-based index credit default swaps, buy-side market participants, buy-side participants, Category 1 Entities, Category 2 Entities, Category 3 Entities, Category 4 Entities, CCP, central clearing, central counterparties, CFTC, class of swaps, clearing, clearing mandate, collateral, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, commodity swaps, compliance date, compliance schedules, cost-benefit analysis, counterparties, DCMs, derivatives clearing organization, Designated Contracts Markets, Dodd-Frank Act, electronic platform, end-user exemptions, exchanges, execution, execution venue, FCM, federal register, full-scale clearing, futures commission merchants, G20, Gary Gensler, interest rate swaps, liquidity, listing, made available for trading, Major Security-Based Swap Participant, Major Swap Participant, mandatory clearing, margining, margining requirements, market participants, netting, non-dealer market participants, non-MSP counterparties, novations, OTC derivatives, over-the-counter derivatives, partial tear-ups, phased implementation, price distortion, private funds, product definition rules, prudential regulators, real-time clearing, real-time reporting, Regulators, Rulemaking, Scott O'Malia, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, Security-Based Swap Dealer, security-based swap SEF, security-based swaps, SEF, swap data, swap dealer, swap execution facilities, swap transaction, swap transaction compliance, swaps, systemic risk, third-party subaccount, trade execution, trading documentation, transparency, uncleared swaps, variation margin, voluntary clearing,

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,

Letter to the European Commission in Response to its Consultation Paper, Review of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID)02.02.11


MFA submitted comments to the European Commission in response to its Consultation Paper, Review of the Markets in Financial Instruments […]

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Topics: "strict equivalence" regime accurate price discovery, actionable IOIs, affirmative and negative obligations, aggregate open interest/notional amount, AIFM directive, algorithmic trading, alternative investment fund managers, alternative trading systems, APAs, approved publication arrangements, arbitraging, article 4(8) of MiFID, Asian Markets, asset managers, ATSs, automated execution technology, automated trading, banks, block sized trades, Bloomberg L.P., broker dealers, broker-dealer capital, brokers, capital flows, capital formation, cash balance, CCP, CDS market, certificates, CESR, circuit breakers, client identifier, co-location facilities, commodity derivatives, commodity derivatives market, composite quotation system, comprehensive notional data, comprehensive price date, concentrated risk solution, confidentiality obligation, conflicts of interest, Congress, consolidated core data, Consolidated Tape, Consolidated Tape Association, consolidated transaction reporting system, consultation papers, contract, core date, cost-effective manner, cost/benefit analysis, CQ plan, credit default swaps, credit flows, daily trading volume threshold, dark pools, data consolidation, deep market, depositary receipts, depth of market quotations, depth-of-market fees, derivatives position, direct market access, Disclosure, due diligence obligations, electronic market-making, electronic trading platforms, EMIR, equity investors, equity markets, equivalence mechanism, ESMA, EU, European Commission, European Commission on Standardisation and Organised Platform Trading of OTC Derivatives, European Commission Request for Additional Information in relation to the Review of MiFID, European Commission's report of Sovereign CDS, European Consolidated Tape, European Market Infrastructure Regulation, European OTC derivatives markets, European Union, ex-ante disclosure, ex-post disclosure, exchange traded funds, exchange trading, exchange-traded products, financial institutions, financial regulatory system, Financial Stability Board, flash crash, fleeting arbitrage opportunities, G20, global connectivity infrastructure, Google, hard position limits, harmonised position information, hedge funds, hedgers, HFT, HFT trades, high frequency trading, horizon strategies, indications of interest, information requirements, insurance companies, inter-market arbitrage, International Swaps and Derivatives Association, inventory risk, investment strategies, investor confidence, Investor Protection, IOIs, ISDA, latency, lending flows, level playing field, limit down system, limit orders, limit up system, liquid derivatives, liquid market, liquidity, liquidity provision requirements, low latency technology, low latency technology chain, margin requirements, market connectivity intermediaries, market data, market disorder, market efficiency, market impact, market makers, market manipulation, market stability, market turmoil, market-wide single stock circuit breakers, Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, mechanical imposition, member states, MiFID, MiFID framework directive, minimum duration of orders, minimum quantitative threshold, minimum tick sizes, national best bid and offer, National Market System, NetCoalition, NetCoalition v. Securities and Exchange Commission, nexus, non-equity instruments, non-EU asset managers, non-EU investment firms, non-EU markets, non-hedging, non-HFT trade, non-retail clients, opaque market centers, order flow, order stubs, order-slicing methodologies, Organised Trading Venues, OTC, OTC contract, physical commodity markets, portfolio manager, position management, position-level data, post-trade reporting proposals, post-trade transparency, pre-trade checks, pre-trade transparency, pre-trade transparency waivers, price discovery, price movement, proprietary strategies, quotations, reasonable threshold, reduced transaction costs, regulatory "tax, regulatory authorities, regulatory framework, regulatory transparency thresholds, reporting obligations, reporting protocols, reporting regimes, retail client, risk capital, risk controls, risk exposure, risk management, risk warnings, safeguards, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, securities financing transaction, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, security-based derivatives, sharp shoot, short-term price swings, sovereign CDS, specified maximum execution speeds, speed bumps, stale orders, statutory obligation, strategy holding periods, strict equivalence, sufficiently liquid, summary disclosure, surveillance tools, systemic risk, systemic risk grounds, technological innovation, technology-driven market makers, third country firms, third country regime, third party information vendors, title transfer collateral arrangement, title transfer collateral arrangements, trade repository, trader ID, trading delays, transaction report, transparency directive, UCITS, UCITS Directive, UK Treasury and Financial Services Authority, ultra low-latency technology, unilateral bans, US markets, US Securities Industry Automation Corporation, volatility, waivers, Yahoo Inc,
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