MFA Comment Letters

Topic: price discovery

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 and AIMA Submit Joint Letter to ESMA in Response to Call for Evidence on Short Selling Regulation03.15.13


MFA and AIMA jointly submitted a comment letter to ESMA responding to its Call for Evidence regarding its evaluation of […]

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Topics: AIFMD AIMA, Alternative Investment Management Association, assets under management, AUM, BaFin, Belgium, bid-ask spreads, bond, Bundesanstalt fur Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht, capital, CDS, CESR, Commissione Nazionale per le Societa e la Borsa, Committee of European Securities Regulators, competent authorities, compliance, corporate issuer, Council of the European Union, credit default swap, delta, depositary receipts, derivative instrument, derivatives, duration, efficiency, EMIR, equity, ESMA, EU Member State, Europe, European Commission, European Parliament, European Securities and Markets Authority, eurozone, extraterritoriality, Finland, France, futures, futures market, Germany, harmonization, hedge funds, hedging, index, index derivatives, interpretive guidance, issued share capital, Italy, Latvia, Lehman Brothers, liquidity, locate, London Stock Exchange, mark-to-market, market disruption, market distortions, market participants, MiFID, net short position, Netherlands, non-EU investment firms, operational challenges, price discovery, price efficiency, price formation, prime broker, PRNewswire, public disclosure, reasonable expectation, reporting obligation, reporting requirements, reverse engineer, risk, securities, settlement, share capital, short positions, short selling, short selling bans, short selling regulation, short squeeze, single-name CDS, sovereign bonds, sovereign debt, sovereign issuer, Spain, Steven Maijoor, stock, Stock Exchange Daily Official List, T+1 reporting, T+2, technical standards, third party managers, trading volume, uncovered sovereign CDS, United Kingdom, volatility,

Supplementary Letter to the SEC in Response to its Proposed Antifraud Rule with Respect to Security-Based Swaps03.29.11


MFA submitted a letter to supplement our December 23, 2010 letter to the SEC in response to its proposed antifraud […]

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Topics: anti-fraud rule assignment, assignments, automatic stay provisions, Bank of International Settlements, Bankruptcy Code, bankruptcy proceedings, bilateral contracts, BIS, capital formation, CDS market, clearing agreement, collateral, competition, context, conveyance of rights/obligations, corporate actions, corporate loans, cost-benefit analysis, counterparty defaults, credit default swaps, credit events, credit exposure, Deception, definitions, derivatives market, disruption events, equity exposure, equity linked forwards, equity-linked swaps, exchange, execution, extinguishment of rights/obligations, fair dealing, FCIC, financial crisis, Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, Financial Stability Board, Fraud, high yield bonds, honest markets, institutional leveraged loans, interim payments, International Swaps and Derivatives Association Inc, investment grade bonds, investment grade loans, investor confidence, ISDA master agreement, LBO-related loans, legitimate market activity, legitimate market participation, leveraged loans, Loan market Review, Manipulation, material dislocation, material non-public information, maturity date, non-index multi-name credit default swaps, novations, premium payments, price discovery, price discovery process, price efficiency, primary debt issuance, primary participant, purchase, Reuters, sale, SEC, SEC v. Rotech, secondary participant, Securities and Exchange Commission, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, security based swap anti-fraud rule, security based swaps market, security-based swaps, single name credit default swaps, spread payments, statutory authorization, swap market, swaps market, systemic risk, termination, termination events, The Loan Syndications and Trading Association, total return swaps, transfer of rights/obligations, transferor, unallocated swaps, underlying shares, unwinds, US OTC derivatives market,

Comment Letter to the CFTC in Response to its Request for Comments on Position Limits for Derivatives03.28.11


MFA submitted comments to the CFTC in response to its request for comments on position limits for derivatives. MFA remains […]

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Topics: account aggregation requirements active trading program, aggregate all-months-combined, aggregate single-month, aggregate spot-month position limits, agricultural commodities, agricultural model, annual limits, annual recalculation methodology, annual renewal based exemption, application based exemption, approval based exemption, arbitrage exemption, Artificial limits, asset manager, audit, Barclays Capital, Bauer College of Business, benchmark contracts, Berlin wheat, bona fide hedger, calendar-spread exemption, cash market risk, cash market transaction, cash position, cash-settled contracts, CBOT, CFTC, CFTC docket no. 08-02, CFTC docket no. 11-05, Chicago onions, class limits, cleared bilateral contracts, CME, commercial hedgers, commercial participants, Commission Energy Complex Report, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, commodity market, commodity pool operator, commodity trading advisor, commodity trading advisors, common parent, conditional-spot month limit, control standard, corporate enterprises, CPO, Credit Agricole, cross-ownership of traders, crowding out provision, crude oil futures, CTA, CTFC Inter-Agency Task Force on Commodity Markets, DCMs, deferred month positions, deliverable supply, delivery point, delta, derivatives, directional position, disaggregation relief, disclosure documents, disorderly markets, eligible entity, energy market infrastructure, energy price volatility, Energy Risk, enforcement, enumerated agricultural commodities, equity interest, excessive speculation, FCMs, federal limits, financial cal spread options, financial institution, forward position, front month position, funds of funds, future commission merchants, futures, futures class all-months-combined, futures class single-month, futures market, GAO, global commodity, Global Energy Management Institute, hedge funds, hedging transaction, HH natural gas, HM Treasury Global Commodities, House Committee on Agriculture, hypothetical portfolios, IMF World Economic outlook, IMG, independent account controller exemption, independent third party, independently controlled accounts, independently controlled and managed trader, index fund manager, individual class rules, inter-commodity spread exemption, inter-commodity spread transactions, interest rates, International Organization of Securities Commission, interstate commerce, IOSCO, IOSCO Technical Committee, Jacks Study, JP Morgan, KCBOT, large trader data, last day swaps, legacy position limits, liquid price discovery, liquidity provisions, long positions, market depth, market liquidity, market manipulation, market surveillance, metal commodity, no-action relief, non-cleared bilateral contracts, non-financial entity exemption, non-spot position limits, NYBOT, NYMEX crude oil price, NYMEX Henery Hub Natural Gas contract, OECD Food, OECD publishing, offsetting positions, open interest, open interest formula, operating company, option contract, options, order routing arrangement, OTC, outright positions, passive investors, passive trading program, pension plan, penultimate swaps, percentage interest, physical cal spread options, physical commodity, physical commodity deliverable, physical options, physically delivered contracts, Pirrong Testimony, PKVerleger LLC, pool participant, pool participant exemption, position limits, position visibility, pre-existing position exemption, price discovery, price risk, price spikes, price volatility, private equity investments, real-time basis, referenced contracts, regulatory oversight, reporting obligation, reporting requirements, risk management, risk transfer, risk-shifting market, rounding, seasonal variation, seasonality, self-executing disaggregation, short positions, significant price discovery contracts, speculative investment, speculative trading ventures, spot month, spot-month position limits, squeezes, statement of reporting trader, stock indices, submarket, supply and demand, surveillance, swap contract, swap dealer hedge exemption, swaps class all-months-combined, swaps class single-month, swaptions, The Economist, U.S. dollar, U.S. futures exchange, UK Treasury, university endowment, University of Calgary, University of Houston, Wall St. Journal, WTI,

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,
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