MFA Comment Letters

Topic: haircuts

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 Letter to ESAs on EMIR Risk Mitigation Regulatory Technical Standards07.14.14


MFA submitted a comment letter to the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) on their joint consultation paper on “Draft regulatory technical […]

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Topics: AIMA alternative investment funds, Alternative Investment Management Association, base currency, Basel Committee for Banking Supervision, Canada, Cayman Islands, clearing threshold, collateral, collateral currency, concentration limits, consultation paper, Council of the European Union, counterparties, counterparty credit risk, dispute resolution procedures, documentation, duplicative regulation, efficiency, EMIR, equivalence, ESMA, European Banking Authority, European Commission, European Insurance and Occupational Pension Authority, European Market Infrastructure Regulation, European Parliament, European Securities and Markets Authority, European Supervisory Authorities, financial counterparties, France, G7, Germany, haircuts, harmonization, in-scope entity, Individual Segregation, initial margin, International Organization of Securities Commissions, International Swaps and Derivatives Association, IOSCO, ISDA, Italy, Japan, legal opinion, liquidation, liquidity, mandatory margin requirements, margin, market participants, minimum notional threshold, netting, non-financial counterparty, OTC derivatives market, proportionality principle, regulatory arbitrage, regulatory requirements, regulatory technical standards, securities, segregation, settlement currency, settlement period, substituted compliance, systemic risk, third country, third party custodian, trade repositories, trading costs, transparency, uncleared derivative, United Kingdom, United States, US Treasuries, variation margin, verification requirement,

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 Submits Comments on Basel-IOSCO Second Consultative Document on Margin Requirements for Uncleared Derivatives03.15.13


MFA submitted a comment letter to the Working Group on Margining Requirements (WGMR) of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision […]

MFA Submits Letter to SEC on Proposed Capital, Margin, and Segregation Rules02.22.13


MFA submitted a comment letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on its proposed rules on “Capital, Margin, and […]

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Topics: "too big to fail \, 111th Congress, accounting, AIG, American International Group, asset class, asymmetrical initial margin exchange, asymmetry, bankruptcy, bankruptcy estate, Bart Chilton, Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, Ben Bernanke, best practices, bilateral exchange of variation margin, Broker, broker-dealer, buy-side firms, capital, capital charge, capital formation, capital inefficiency, capital requirements, Cash Flow, CCP, CDS, central clearing, central counterparty, CFTC, Chicago Mercantile Exchange Holdings Inc., Chicago Trading Company, collateral, collateral management, collateral management stystems, commodity broker, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, complexity, compliance, compliance date, Council of the European Union, counterparties, counterparty risk, credit default swap, credit risk, creditworthiness, cross-margining, cross-product master netting agreements, customer collateral, customer protection, customer replicability, customized risk management tools, Darrell Duffie, DCO, Dealer, dealers, default, default segregation model, derivatives, derivatives clearing organization, Division of Clearing and Intermediary Oversight, Dodd-Frank Act, efficiency, eligible collateral, endowments, enhanced protections, Eric Chern, European Commission, European Parliament, federal register, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Federal Reserve Bank of New York Staff Report No. 424, Federal Reserve Board, fellow customer risk, financial contagion, financial crisis, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, financial institutions, financial instrument, financial system, FINRA, forwards, Fraud, haircuts, hedge funds, House Committee on Financial Services, ICE Clear Europe Limited, ICI, independent third party custodian, Individual Segregation, initial margin, insolvency, international harmonization of regulations, International Organization of Securities Commissions, international regulatory standards, Investment Company Institute, investment risk, Investor Protection, IOSCO, ISDA, ISDA Margin Survey 2012, LCH.Clearnet Ltd., legal segregation with operation commingling, Lehman Brothers, leverage, liquidation, liquidation time horizon, liquidity, LSOC, Major Security-Based Swap Participant, Major Swap Participant, mandatory clearing, margin, margin requirements, margining, market participants, market practice, market risk, MF Global Inc., money market instruments, multiplier, netting, New York Portfolio Clearing LLC, non-commercial end-users, Notice of Exclusive Control, omnibus segregation, operational and legal commingling, operational costs, operational risk, Options Clearing Corporation, OTC derivatives, out-of-the-money, pension, Peregrine Financial Group, portability, portfolio compression, portfolio margining, portfolio reconciliation, Private Funds Managers, pro-cyclical effects, product type, proprietary information, prudential regulators, reconciliation, reform, registered clearing agencies, regulation, regulatory arbitrage, repurchase agreements, risk, risk management, Robert Wasserman, Russell Wasendorf, SEC, securities, Securities and Exchange Commission, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, Security-Based Swap Dealer, Security-Based Swap Transactions, security-based swaps, segregation, segregation model, sell-side firms, settlement, settlement risk, SIFMA, state and federal laws, state bank regulator, swap dealer, swap dealers, Swap Trading Relationship Documentation, systemic risk, tentative net capital, third-party custody arrangement, too interconnected to fail, trade repositories, trading costs, transparency, tri-party custodial arrangements, two-way margining, U.S. dollar, university endowment, Value at Risk, VaR, variation margin, White Paper, Working Group on Margining Requirements,

MFA Submits Comment Letter in Response to Basel-IOSCO’s Consultative Document on Margin Requirements for Non-Cleared Derivatives09.28.12


MFA submitted a comment letter to the Working Group on Margining Requirements (WGMR) of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision […]

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Topics: asset classes Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, best practices, bilateral exchange, bilateral exchange of variation margin, buy-side firms, CCP, CDS, CDS spreads, central clearing, central counterparty, CFTC, cleared derivatives, clearing, clearing house, commodities, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, concentration limits, correlated financial instruments, cost mitigation, credit, credit default swap, credit risk, cross-product master netting agreements, currency, custodian accounts, delta, Denominated in G7 Currencies, derivatives, derivatives markets, diversification, Dodd-Frank Act, eligible collateral, equities, EU, Eurodollar futures, European Union, financial instruments, foreign exchange, forwards, G7, haircuts, harmonization, hedge, hedge funds, hedged portfolios, implementation timeline, initial margin, interest rates, International Organization of Securities Commissions, International Swaps and Derivatives Association, IOSCO, ISDA, liquidation, liquidity, liquidity characteristics, liquidity costs, liquidity mechanism, major swap participants, mandatory clearing, margin, margin requirements, margin threshold, margining, market advantage, market infrastructures, market liquidity, market participants, market practices, market value, minimum transfer amount, MTA, mutually offsetting transactions, netting, non-centrally cleared derivatives transactions, non-cleared derivatives, non-cleared interest rate swaps, non-compliance, notional value, novating parties, novation, novation arrangements, over-collateralization, party stepping in, party stepping out, phase-in period, portfolio margining, Portfolios, prudential regulators, prudentially regulated financial counterparties, quantitative impact study, re-hypothecation, Regulators, regulatory arbitrage, regulatory authorities, remaining party, replacement transaction, repurchase agreements, risk characteristics, risk management, risk offsets, risk profile, risk/reward profile, segregated account, segregation, SIFI, standard practice, swap dealers, swaps, systemic importance, systemic risk, systemic risk level, systemically important, systemically important non-financial firm, third-party segregation, transparency, two-way margining, U.S. Treasury futures, uniformity, United States, unlevel playing field, unsecured credit extension, variation margin, Working Group on Margining Requirements,

MFA Submits Comments to European Supervisory Authorities in Response to Joint Discussion Paper on Risk Mitigation Techniques04.02.12


MFA submitted a comment letter to the European Supervisory Authorities in response to their Discussion Paper on Draft Regulatory Technical […]

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Topics: assurance undertakings asymmetry, bankruptcy-remote, Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, Basel II, Basel III, Basel rules, best practices, bilateral arrangements, bilateral exchange, bilateral initial margin arrangements, buy-side firms, capital, CDS, central clearing, CFTC, collateralization, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, competitive advantages, counterparty credit risk, covered swap entities, credit default swap, credit exposure, credit institutions, creditworthiness, current market practice, daily valuation of collateral, de minimi exception, deep and liquid markets, derivatives markets, discriminatory distortions, dispute resolution procedures, due diligence, eligible collateral, EMIR, ESA, ESMA, EU, Eurodollar futures, European Banking Authority, European Commission, European Insurance and Occupational Pension Authority, European Securities and Markets Authority, European Supervisory Authorities, European Union, exposures, haircuts, hedging, highly correlated assets, incremental compliance costs, independent third party custodian, initial margin, insolvency estate, institutions for occupational retirement provision, insurance undertakings, interest rate swap, internal model method, internal models, international harmonization of regulations, intraday change, investment firms, Joint Committee of the European Supervisory Authorities, legally required transparency, liquidity, major swap participants, margin, margin calculations, mark-to-market, market transparency, net margin, netting, NFCs+, non financial counterparties above the clearing threshold, non-cleared derivative contracts, non-cleared derivatives, non-cleared OTC derivatives, non-financial assets, non-prudentially regulated financial counterparties, NPRFC, OTC derivatives, over-collateralization, over-the-counter derivatives, party-specific variables, perceived systemic relevance, physically-settling forwards, posting party, PRFC, prudential regulators, prudentially regulated financial counterparties, receiving party, regulatory arbitrage, reinsurance undertakings, repurchase agreements, revaluation, risk mitigation techniques, risk-based margin requirements, security lending agreements, segregated account, segregation, segregation of counterparty assets, segregation regime, standardized method, substantial counterparty exposure, substantial position in swaps, systemic importance, tri-party custodial arrangements, uncollateralized, uniformity of application, variation margin,

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,
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