MFA Comment Letters

Topic: international harmonization of regulations

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 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 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 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,

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 Comments to ESMA in Response to Draft Technical Standards on OTC Derivatives, CCPs and Trade Repositories03.19.12


MFA submitted a comment letter to the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) in response to its Discussion Paper on […]

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Topics: ADR aggregation, alternative liquidity providers, American Depository Receipt, back testing, back-to-back arrangements, bespoke and customized transactions, Cayman Islands, CCP, CCP Board, CCP committee, CCP data, CCP governance arragements, CCP's margin models, CCPs governance structure, central clearing, central counterparty, CFTC, chief compliance officer, chief risk officer, chief technology officer, clearing, clearing member, clearing members, clearing obligation, client clearing models, clients, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, competitive execution, confidence interval, confidentiality agreements, confidentiality of counterparty identities, conflicts of interest, counterparty and operational risk, counterparty credit risk, credit intermediary, credit intermediation, default, derivatives market, disclosure requirements, disclosure thresholds, Dodd-Frank Act, electronic trading, electronically processed, EMIR, ESMA, ESMA Discussion Paper on Draft Technical Stanards for the Regulation on OTC Derivatives CCPs and Trade Repositories, EU, EU member currency, Euro, European Securities and Markets Authority, European Union, executing counterparty, execution documentation, execution platform, extraterritorial application of EMIR, FCM, FIA, FIA-ISDA Cleared Derivatives Execution Agreement, foreign exchange derivatives, fund domicile, futures commission merchant, Futures Industry Association, guarantor, Hong Kong, indirect clearing, indirect clearing models, indirect contractual arrangements, interest rate derivatives, international harmonization of regulations, International Swap Derivatives Association, ISDA, liquidation period, lookback period, manager domicile, margin levels, margin requirements, market integrity, market location, market oversight, non-dealer representatives, non-default clearing members, notional amount, OTC derivatives, OTC derivatives market, over-the-counter derivatives, portability, principal of business, privacy and confidentiality of information, public dissemination of information, real-time processing, reasonably liquid traded instruments, record keeping, reference entity domicile, reference security, risk committees, risk management expertise, SD, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, security-based swaps, segregation, settlement currency, sound governance requirements, straight-through processing, stress tesing, sublimit, swap dealer, systemic risk, technical standards, third country counterparities, third country entities, trade acknowledgment, transaction volumes, underlying instrument,

MFA Letter to IOSCO Technical Committee Short Selling Task Force on Regulatory Approaches to Short Selling12.23.08


MFA sent a letter to the IOSCO Technical Committee Short Selling Task Force providing comments to regulatory approaches to short […]

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Topics: "delta" hedge aggregate basis, algorithmic trading, alternative investment vehicles, artificial price movements, automated systems, bid-ask spreads, bilateral swaps, broker-dealer, buy-side firms, capital markets, capital raising, chilling effect, clearing brokers, closed-out, CNS, Continuous Net Settlement, convertible bond, custodian banks, decimal pricing, derivatives, derivatives trading, distressed companies, easy to borrow shares, Electronic Blue Sheet system, endowments, Equity Security, European Corporate Governance Institute, exchanges, executing brokers, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, FINRA, Florence Harmon, foundations, fraudulent short selling activity, hard to borrow shares, headline risk, hedge, hedging, high-volume trading, institutional investors, international harmonization of regulations, International Organization of Securities Commissions, John G. Gaine, liquidity, listed derivatives, locate, long positions, manipulative naked short selling, manual trading, market bubbles, market efficiency, market liquidity, market participants, Martin Wheatley, money managers, naked short selling, Nasdaq-listed securities, National Securities Clearing Corporation, NSCC, NYSE, NYSE-listed securities, OATS, Order Audit Trail System Rules, Order Tracking System, OTC derivatives, OTC equity securities, OTS, over-the-counter derivatives, pensions, Pre-borrow Emergency Order, pre-borrow requirement, price discovery, prime broker, proprietary investment strategies, public disclosure, reconciliation, registered market centers, Regulation Filing Applications, reverse engineer, risk, risk management, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, securities depositaries, sell-side firms, settlement, settlement date, short interest positions, short sale reporting, short selling, short squeeze, sub-penny quotes, swap, synthetic positions, systematic disturbances, Technical Committee of the International Organization of Securities Commissions, threshold security, trade reconciliation, transparency, unintentional failures to deliver, uptick rule, upward market manipulations, Yale International Center for Finance,
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