MFA Comment Letters

Topic: Major Swap Participant

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 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 Submits Accompanying Portfolio Margining Letter11.26.12


MFA submitted a supplemental comment letter to the U.S. prudential regulators during the reopened comment period for their proposed rulemaking […]

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Topics: affiliate-held collateral bankruptcy, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, broker-dealer, buy-side, capital markets, capital requirements, caps, CCP, CDS, central counterparties, CFTC, Chevron Products Co. v. SemCrude L.P., Chicago mercantile exchange, Cleared Products, CME Clearport, CME Group, collateral, Collecting Futures Commission Merchant, commodity broker, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, covered swap entities, covered swap entity, credit default swap, cross-currency swaps, cross-margining, Dealer, debt obligation, Depositing Futures Commission Merchant, derivatives clearing organization, Dodd-Frank Act, eligible collateral, end-users, Farm Credit Administration, Farm Credit System, FCM, FDIC, Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Home Loan Banks, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, Federal Housing Finance Agency, Federal National Mortgage Association, floors, futures, futures commission merchant, hedging, ICE Clear Credit, ICE Clear Europe, In re Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc et al, index CDS, inflation swaps, initial margin, insured obligation, LCH.Clearnet Ltd., liquidity, Major Security-Based Swap Participant, Major Swap Participant, mandatory clearing, margin, market liquidity, market participants, master netting agreements, New York Portfolio Clearing LLC, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, options, Options Clearing Corporation, OTC derivatives, over-the-counter derivatives, portfolio margining, posted margin, prudential regulators, redundant margin, regulatory regime, risk, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, Security-Based Swap Dealer, security-based swaps, segmentation, swap dealer, swaps, swaptions, systemic risk, triangular setoff, uncleared swaps,

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,

Comment Letter to SEC and CFTC Regarding Definition of ‘Eligible Contract Participant’01.10.12


MFA and SIFMA submitted a letter and attachment to the CFTC and the SEC on their proposed definition of “eligible […]

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,
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