MFA Comment Letters

Topic: Portfolios

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,

Comment Letter Responding to SEC’s Proposal to Implement Amendments to the Advisers Act Contained in Title IV of the Dodd-Frank Act01.24.11


MFA submitted a comment letter todayto the SEC on its proposal to implement amendments to the Advisers Act contained in […]

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Topics: $1 Billion 11 and 12, 13 and 29, 15, 17, 5.D and 5.F, assets, assets under management, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, banks, Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, beneficial owners, broker dealers, collateral, Columbia University, Commission on Form ADV, Committee on Financial Services, Compensation Structure, Compliance Risks, counterparties, Credit Unions, De Minimis Amount, Debt-to-Equity, Definition, Depository Institutions, Difficult-to-Value Assets, Duplicative Filing, effective date, Effective Date of Title IV, equity owner, European Central Bank, Excessive Compensation, Exemption, Fair Valu Hierarchy, Fair Value Methodology, Family Accounts, Form ADV, Form ADV Part 1A, Form ADV-T, FSA, GAAP, generally accepted accounting principles, Grandfathering Provisions, gross assets, Hearing on Industry Perspectives on the Obama Administration's Financial Regulatory Reform Proposals, hedge fund industry, Hedge Fund Manager Registration Rul, hedge fund managers, hedge funds, IARD, IARD System, Incentive-Based, Incentive-Based Compensation Arrangements, Income Thresholds, Instruction 5.b., Instruction 5.b(4), International Accounting Standards, investment adviser, Investment Adviser Registration Depository, Investment Management, Investor Protection Benefits, leverage, Leverage Ratios, Mid-Sized Manager, Mid-Sized Managers, National Securities Exchanges, net assets, NSMIA, Part 1A, performance fee, pooled investment vehicle, Portfolios, private adviser exemption, Private Fund Information, private fund managers, Proposed Instruction 1.b., Proposed Items 14, Proposed Items 5.A, Proprietary Accounts, Proprietary Accounts of the Manager, proprietary information, public disclosure, qualified client standard, qualified purchaser, registration, Registration Process, registration requirements, regulatory assets under management, Richard H. Baker, Schedule D, SEC, SEC-registered investment advisers, SEC-Registered Managers, SEC's Contract, Section 7.B.1, Securities and Exchange Commission, Securities Commissioner, state securities commission, Substantive Provision, systemic risk, Taxpayer Money, The Turner Review, threshold, Threshold of $25 Million, Tier 1 Financial Holding Company, transitional relief, U.S. House of Representatives, Unit-Linked Life Insurance, Unregistered Managers, Valuation Information, valuation methodology, venture capital funds, Wealth and Income Requirements,

MFA Submits Letter to Department fo the Treasury Regarding Review by the Treasury Department of the Regulatory Structure Associated with Financial Institutions11.21.07


MFA submits letter to the U.S. Department of the Treasury in response to its request for recommendations on how to […]

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Topics: adequate disclosure Asian Countries, Australia, BaFin, bonds, business models, capital raising process, CFTC, collateral management stystems, collective investment vehicles, commercial, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, commodity pool operator, commodity pool operators, common stock, competitiveness concerns, compliance, conduct-of-business, conflicting regulatory edicts, Congress, costs, counterparites, cross-recognition efficiencies, crude oil, currency options template, customer protections, Department of the Treasury, derivatives, derivatives clearing organizations, Disclosure, duplicative systems, Europe, exchange, exchanges, fair prices, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, federal government, FERC, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, financial institutions, financial integrity systems, financial products, Financial Services Action Plan, Financial Services Roundtable, FINRA, flexibility, foreign markets, Fraud, fund of funds, funds, futures, futures brokerage commission payments, futures contracts, futures exchange, G-8 finance ministers and deputies, global alternative investment industry, gold, hedge fund investors, hedge funds, hedging, Henry Paulson, higher prices, intemediary brokerage firms, intermediaries, International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), international organizations, international portfolio valuation principles, international regulatory standards, Investor Protection, Japan's Financial Services Agency, liquid trading markets, local law enforcement, managed futures funds, margin area, margin levels, market and financial integrity, Market Particpants, market price transparency, marketplace, mutual, National Futures Association, natural gas, natural gas futures price manipulation, net capital, net long, Netherlands, NFA, optimal regulatory structure, options contracts, options trading, ownership interest, peer-to-peer guidance for hedge fund managers, Policy Makers, pool offerings, portfolio margining, Portfolios, President's Working Group on Financial Markets, principles-based approach, private pools of capital, private sector self-regulation, private transactions, prudential safety, public interest, public interest goals, public managed futures fund offerings, PWG, regions, regulation of intermediaries, regulatory framework, regulatory oversight, Regulatory Structure, retail customers, retail foreign exchange (FX), risk management, risk-based performance bond system, rules-based approach, safe harbor, SEC, securities, Securities and Exchange Commission, security futures, short, Sound Practices for Hedge Fund Managers, soundness regulation, state regulators, state securities regulators, statutory core principles, stock index, stock price, stock world, substantial inefficiency, tired system of regulation, trading business activties, trading platforms, transactions, twin peaks model, U.S. capital market competitiveness, underlying asset, uniform set of basic principles of regulation, United Kingdom's Financial Services Authority (FSA), United States, unwarranted costs, valuation, wheat, wholesale,

MFA Submits Joint Letter to SEC on Proposed Revisions to Rules to Shorten Restricted Security Holding Periods09.21.07


MFA submits comments to the SEC in a joint letter with the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association and the […]

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Topics: account managers actual knowledge standard, affiliates, aggregate resales, Aggression, alternative trading systems, asset managers, asset-backed securities, banks, basket, Baskets of Securities or Indices, bids, broker dealers, brokerage firms, business continuity, business units, buy-side, capital, Cashless Exercises, CDS, Chicago Board Options exchange, class relief, clearing brokers, client confidentiality, client driven, compliance, convertible debt, credit default swap, credit exposures, de-legending, deminimis exercise prices, derivative positions, director, disaster recovery, doctrine of fungibility, domestic issuers, equity securities, exchange traded index funds (ETF), executioms, executive officer, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, FINRA, FINRA/NASD rule 2320, Fixed Income Exchange, Form 10 information, Form 144, Form 4, Form D filing, Former Shell Company, forward and option contractsm sales, fund of funds, Goldman Sachs & Co., Goldman Sachs II, hedge funds, hedging activities, hedging periods, holder, Holding Period, holding periods, index, information sharing, institutional holders, institutional investors, inter-dealer quotation systems, internal information barrier, International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Investor Protections, ISDA, Issuer, Jesse M. Brill, liquidity, long posistion, long-equivalent, managed futures funds, market, market makers, monitor, multiple accounts, Net Notional Amounts, New York Stock Exchange, nominal exercise prices, Nonconvertible Debt Securities, noncovertible debt, OTC derivatives, over-the-counter derivatives, Partial Hedging, pennies per share, pilot basis, portfolio managers, Portfolios, Powershares Exchange-Traded Fund Trust (ETF), pre-paid forward contracts, preferred stock, prime brokers, private capital formation, private placement, privately negotiated derivatives industry, public markets, public resales, qualified institutional buyers, Reasonale Belief, record, regulatory requirements, relevant unit, Reliance on Represenatons, resecuritization, restricted debt securities, restricted security holders, restricted security holding periods, Restrictive legends, risk management strategies, S&P 500 securities, safe harbor, SEC, securities, Securities and Exchange Commission, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, Securities Industry Association, security-holders, sell side, seller, shares, shell companies, short, short call option posistion, short-equivalent, SIA, SIFMA, significant costs, Single Trading Strategy, Staff Interpretive Posistions, ten percent beneficial owner, tolling, track, trading desks, transaction, Transfer Restrictions, transparency, unaffiliated seller, underwriter, usual and customary, verify, volume limitations, volume-weighted average prices, VWAP Trades,
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