MFA Comment Letters

Topic: portfolio manager

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,

MFA Comments to SEC on Pay to Play Proposal10.06.09


MFA submitted a letter to the SEC today in response to its proposal to, among other things, restrict political contributions […]

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Topics: academic institutions affiliated broker-dealer, agency, American Bar Association, anti-competitive effects, assets, authority, backward-looking provisions, beneficial owners, Broker, broker-dealer, California Public Employees' Retirement System, CalPERS, CalSTRS, cash solicitation, charitable institution, chief compliance officer, chilling effect, code of ethics rule, Committee on Federal Regulation of the American Bar Association, compensation arrangements, compliance burden, compliance costs, compliance procedures, Connecticut, contractual rights and obligations, covered associates, covered investment pool, de minimi exception, Dealer, direct investment, direct investors, Disclosure, disproportionately severe punishment, due diligence, executive officer, family members of covered associates, fiduciary duty, Form ADV, Foundation, fund assets, fund of funds, general partner, government assets, government entities, government official, hedge fund managers, hedge funds, Illinois, inadvertent contribution, Inadvertent Violation, inauguration or transition committee, incentive fee structure, institutional investor, instrumentality of the State, interest, investment adviser, investment advisory services, investment management industry, investment management services, investment objectives, investment services, investment techniques, legal authorities, limited partnership, liquidity, local or state political party, look-back period, look-back provision, Los Angeles City Employees' Retirement System, Los Angeles County Employees' Retirement System, management fees, marketing activities, Massachusetts, MSRB, municipal securities, municipal securities business, municipal securities principals, municipal securities professional, municipal securities representative, Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, municipal securities underwriters, municipal underwritings, New Mexico Educational Retirement Board, New Mexico Investment Council, New York, New York City Employees' Retirement System, New York State Common Retirement Fund, offshore managers, Oklahoma, operational challenges, pay to play practices, pay to play scandals, Pennsylvania Public School Employees' Retirement System, Pennsylvania State Employment Retirement System, pension, personal political activities, placement agent, plan, platform arrangement, political action committee, political contributions, pool of assets, pooled investment vehicle, portfolio manager, pre-approval policies, pre-approval procedures, principal business unit, private fund, program, public pension plans, publicly offered securities, redemption requests, redemption rights, registered investment adviser, registered investment companies, registration, regulations, Regulators, requests for proposals, returned contribution, risk management, sales principals, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, securities firms, soliciting, state and federal laws, state and local entities, Teacher Retirement System of Texas, third party placement agent, third party placement agents, third party solicitors, transparency, unregistered adviser, Wall St. Journal, Washington, written compliance policies and procedures,

MFA Comments to IRS on Application of FBAR to Private Investment Funds and Related Issues10.05.09


MFA submitted a letter to the IRS in response to IRS Notice 2009-62, which requests comments and recommendations concerning the […]

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Topics: bank account banks, broker-dealer, chief financial officer, commingled fund, Corporation, covered foreign financial account, Deferred Fees, Department of the Treasury, domestic corporation, domestic estate or trust, domestic partnership, domestic taxpayers, Douglas H. Shulman, effectively connected income, FBAR, filing obligation, financial accounts, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, financial institutions, financial interest, FinCEN, FIRPTA, foreign corporations, foreign financial account, foreign financial agencies, foreign prime brokerage, Form 1065, Form 5471, Form 8621, Form 8865, Form 926, hedge fund management companies, hedge fund manager, hedge funds, Internal Revenue Code, Internal Revenue Service, investment fund management company, Investment Fund Managers, investment officer, investors, IRS, James H. Freis, liquidity, Lock-up, master fund, Michael Mundaca, money laundering, mutual funds, Neal S. Wolin, New York State Bar Association, non-public companies, non-U.S. hedge fund, non-U.S. hedge funds, non-U.S. investors, non-U.S. private equity fund, officer, open-ended mutual funds, Other Account Authority, other authority, partner, partnership, Passive Foreign Investment Companies, persons in and doing business in the United States, PFIC shareholder filing requirements, PFICs, portfolio manager, primary owner, private equity funds, private investment funds, private sector, publicly-held companies, redemption policy, redemption terms, Reports of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts, safe harbor, securities account, shareholders, signatory authority, Tax Section of the New York State Bar Association, third party transfers, U.S. tax return, U.S.-based manager, U.S.-based managers, United States Person, Workbook on the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts,

MFA Submits Comment Letter to FSA Regarding Discussion Paper “Hedge funds: A discussion of risk and regulatory engagement”10.28.05


MFA Comment Letter to UK’s FSA re: Discussion Paper on Hedge Funds

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Topics: absolute return Absolute Return Magazine, absolute return strategies, AIMA, alternative investment industry, Alternative Investment Management Association, assets under management, AUM, bank, Ben Bernanke, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Canada, Cash Flow, cash management, CFTC, collateral, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, compliance burden, counterparties, counterparty risk management policy, credit derivatives, credit risk, dealers, Delaware, Department of the Treasury, derivatives, derivatives markets, derivatives transactions, disclosures, drawdown, due diligence, Fair Value, financial instrument, Financial Services Authority, Fraud, FSA, FTSE-250, fund of funds, GAAP, generally accepted accounting principles, global financial marketplace, Greenwich Roundtable, Guide to Sound Practices for European Hedge Fund Managers, hard-to-value, hedge fund administrator, hedge fund adviser, hedge fund industry, hedge fund managers, hedge funds, high net worth requirements, illiquidity, implications of the growth of hedge funds, industry-led initiatives, institutional investors, internal controls, internal trading controls, International Organization of Securities Commissions, International Swaps and Dealers Association, investment bank, investors, IOSCO, ISDA, leverage, liquidity, liquidity risk, London, Long Term Capital Management, managed futures funds, market participants, market risk, MFA's 2005 Sound Practices, MFA's Sound Practices for Hedge Fund Managers, NAV, net asset value, net worth, New York, novation protocol, novations, Office of Risk Assessment, offshore, operational risk, Policy Makers, pooled investment vehicle, Portfolio Diversification, portfolio manager, President's Working Group on Financial Markets, price discovery, private equity, private funds, PWG, real estate funds, Redemption, regulatory arbitrage, regulatory framework, regulatory oversight, retail funds, risk, risk management, risk position, Robert Jaeger, Roel Campos, S&P 500, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, segregation, self-regulatory organization, short selling, side pockets, single-manager hedge funds, soft commission, sophisticated investors, Sound Practices, SRO, stress testing, trade associations, Transactional Practices, United Kingdom, United States, valuation, venture capital,
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