MFA Comment Letters

Topic: market risk

MFA Submits Comments to the FSB/IOSCO on Assessment Methodologies for Non-Bank Non-Insurer Global SIFIs04.07.14


MFA submitted a comment letter to the Financial Stability Board and the International Organization of Securities Commissions in response to […]

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 Comments to SEC Supporting ICE Clear Credit’s Portfolio Margining Petition06.13.12


MFA submitted a comment letter to the SEC in support of ICE Clear Credit LLC’s portfolio margining petition.  In the […]

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 to the CFTC on Confirmation, Portfolio Reconciliation, and Portfolio Compression Requirements for Swap Dealers and Major Swap Participants02.28.11


MFA submitted a comment letter to the CFTC on its proposal on Confirmation, Portfolio Reconciliation, and Portfolio Compression Requirements for […]

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Topics: banks best practices, bid spreads, bilateral portfolio compression exercise, bilateral portfolio reconciliation exercise, broader markets, calendar day, CFTC, clearance, clearing satisfying requirements, collateral management, collateral steering committee of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association Inc., Commodity Futures Trading Commission, complex swap, compliance period, confirmation, confirmation periods, confirmation requirement, consistent timing, Counterparty, counterparty risk, customized swaps, DCM, DCO, derivatives clearing organization, Designated Contract Market, dividend payment, dollar threshold, electronic matching platforms, electronic matching process, electronic processing, exchange execution, financial entities, financial entity, heavily negotiated swaps, hedging risk, insurance companies, ISDA, legal risks, life cycle events, limiting parties, liquidity, major swap participants, mandated timeframes, margin disputes, market disruption, market participants, market risk, market-driven solution, merger, modification, MSPs, multilateral compression, multilateral portfolio compression exercises, multilateral portfolio reconciliation exercise, nominal value, novation, offer spreads, operational abilities, operational risk, over-the-counter derivatives, partial termination, pension plans, portfolio compression requirements, portfolio compression rule, portfolio reconciliation, position level discrepancies, position level portfolio reconciliation, post-trade exercises, pre-trade draft acknowledgement requirement, private funds, rights, risk mitigation benefits, SDs, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEF, swap dealers, Swap Execution Facility, swap markets, swap portfolio trade confirmation, swaps portfolio, time-sensitive swaps, timing requirements, trade acknowledgment, trade capture system, trade execution, valuation data, valuation discrepancy, Valuation Disputes, volatility,

MFAs Response to Proposed Regulation of OTC Derivatives, Central Counterparties and Trade Repositories11.11.10


MFAs Response to Proposed Regulation of OTC Derivatives, Central Counterparties and Trade Repositories

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Topics: Admissable Clearing Members Alternative Investment Fund, Bottom Up, capital formation, capital requirements, CCPs, Central Banks, central clearing, central counterparties, Central Counterparties and Trade Repositories, Class of Derivatives, clearing, clearing obligation, client collateral, Co-Operation Arrangement, Collateral Posting, competent authorities, competition, confidentiality, Coordination with Third-Country Regulators, Council of Ministers, Council on OTC Derivatives, counterparty risk, credit risk, Cross-Border Efficiency and Consistency, default, default procedures, Denominated in G7 Currencies, Derivative Contract's Lifecycle, Derivative Contracts, derivatives market, Determination Process, Effective Supervision, Equivalency Test, ESMA, European Commission, European Parliament, European Policymakers, European Securities and Markets Authority, European Union, financial counterparty, Financial Strength, Follow-on Effects, Government Securities, Highly Liquid, Highly Liquid Collateral, Highly Liquid Financial Instruments, Hold Capital, initial margin, Insolvency Regimes, interest rate swaps, Interoperability, investment manager, Investment Policy, IRS, Manadatory Clearing Obligation, Mark-to-Market Changes, Market Exposure, Market Particpants, market risk, Maximum Time Lag for Confirmation, Minimal Credit Risk, nexus, non-discriminatory access, Non-European Countries, operational risk, Optimal Netting, OTC, Over-the-counter Derivative Market, Particpation Requirements, portability, Proportionate Holding of Capital, Proposed Regulation of OTC Derivatives, Protection of Client Positions and Collateral, reasonable threshold, risk committees, Risk Management Activities, risk mitigation techniques, Risk Profiles, Segregate and Exchange Margin, Segregated Exchange of Collateral, segregation, Shortfall, Standard Capital Requirements, Swiftly Collapse Offsetting Positions, systemic risk, third country CCPs, Top Down, Trade Reporting Obligations, trade repositories, transparency, Trigger, U.K. House of Lords, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services, U.S. Treasury and U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Unmanageable Risk, Unwinding Costs, variation margin,

MFA Comments to SEC on Interim Final Temporary Amendments to Regulation SHO12.15.08


MFA sent a letter to the SEC providing comments to the Commission’s interim final temporary rule on amendments to Reg […]

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Topics: "delta" hedge algorithmic trading, arrangement to borrow, artificial buying pressure, Arturo Bris, automated trading, bid-ask spreads, borrowing costs, broker-dealer, buy-side firms, capital, capital formation, capital raising, clearing, clearing agency, close-out, competition, Continuous Net Settlement, custodian banks, debt securities, delivery, derivatives hedging strategies, distressed companies, easy to borrow shares, efficiency, emergency orders, European Corporate Governance Institute, executing brokers, fails to deliver, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, FINRA, G19, G19 securities, hard to borrow shares, hedging, liquidity, locate, long sales, mandatory close-out, manipulative naked short selling, manual trading, market dislocations, market distortions, market efficiency, market liquidity, market maker, market participants, market risk, naked short selling, National Securities Clearing Corporation, New York Stock Exchange, NSCC, NYSE, operational efficiency, options, order to purchase, pre-fail credit, pricing efficiency, prime broker, public companies, public interest, regulatory efficiencies, risk management, SEC, SEC July 15 Emergency Order, securities, Securities and Exchange Commission, securities depositaries, self-regulatory organization, sell-side firms, settlement, settlement date, short positions, short selling, Short Selling Activity in Financial Stocks, short selling regulation, short squeeze, SRO, T+2, T+4, T+5, three-day settlement cycle, threshold securities, threshold securities list, uptick rule, volatility, Voting Rights, Wall St. Journal, Yale International Center for Finance,

MFA Comments to the U.K. Hedge Fund Working Group’s Consultation Paper12.14.07


Today, MFA submitted the following response letter to the U.K. Hedge Fund Working Group on its Consultation Paper. The overall […]

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Topics: AIMA Alternative Investment Management Association, AML, audited annual accounts, board of directors, board of trustees, Borrowed Stock, bright line test, Chartered Financial Analyst Institute, cherry picking, client confidentiality, collateral agreements, collateral calls/two way collateral posting, commercial terms, compliance, compliance procedures, Comply or Explain, conflicts of interest, consultation paper, counterparties, counterparty risk, cross-market particpant working group, Derivative posistions, Difficult-to-Value Assets, Disclosure, disclosure thresholds, exchange traded posistions, exposure, Fair Value, Federal Reserve Bank of New York for OTC equity derivatives, fire sale, fund governing bodies, Fund Governing Body, funds of funds, global alternative investment industry, Global Investment Performance Standards, global relevance, Governance of Operational Risk, Hedge Fund Working Group, hedge funds, HFWG, illiquid securities, independent in-house functions, independent third parties, independent valuation services providers, inside information, Insider Dealing, Investment Policy, investor groups, investors, Irish Stock Exchange, jurisdictional requirements, Key man risk, Key Performance indicators (KPis) Fund Governance Disclosure, legal risks, Lenders/Prime Brokers/Dealers, Luxembourg Stock Exchange, managed futures funds, managers, Market Abuse, market price, market risk, marketable securities, Model Risk, net asset value, netting agreements, non-marketable, non-U.S. exchanges, offshore, one-stop shop, OTC derivatives transactions, OTC electronic transaction posistions, OTC market particpants, Outsourcing Risk, performance fee, Performance Measurement Disclosure, portfolio, portfolio management, potential conflicts, potential liability, President's Working Group on Private Pools of Capital (PWG), price sources, prime brokers, proxy voting policy, reconciliation errors, Regulators, regulatory implicationsm Websites, regulatory risks, Risk Disclosure, scenario analyses, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), segregation, service legal agreement, side letters, side pocket, soft limits, Sound Practices for Hedge Fund Managers, spectrum, stock lender, stress testing, third parties, Third Party Administrators, trade association, U.S. based funds, U.S. securities law, UK, uncertainity, United Kingdom, valuation, valuation determinations,
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