MFA Comment Letters

Topic: sell-side firms

MFA and AIMA Submit Joint Letter on FSB Consultation on Key Attributes of Resolution Regimes for Non-Bank Financial Institutions10.15.13


MFA and AIMA submitted a joint letter to the Financial Stability Board (IOSCO) in response to its consultative document on […]

MFA and AIMA Submit Joint Letter on CPSS-IOSCO Consultative Report on Financial Market Infrastructure Recovery10.11.13


MFA and AIMA submitted a joint letter to the Committee of Payment and Settlement Systems (CPSS) and the International Organisation […]

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Topics: AIMA Alternative Investment Management Association, bail-in, Bank for International Settlements, Bank for International Settlements Committee on Payments, bankruptcy, broker-dealer, buy-side firms, capital requirements, CCP, central counterparty, CFTC, clearing, clearing member, collateral, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, competition, conflict of interest, consultation paper, contagion, default, default management committees, default waterfall, Dodd-Frank Act, EMIR, ESMA, European Securities and Markets Authority, European Union, ex ante measures, exchange-traded, exchange-traded derivatives, financial stability, financial system, G20, haircuts, hedge, initial margin, International Organization of Securities Commissions, IOSCO, liquidity, majory security-based swap participant, mandatory clearing, margin, margin haircut, mark-to-market, market infrastructures, market participants, orderly liquidation, OTC derivatives, over-the-counter derivatives, physical commodity, portfolio, prudential regulators, regulatory framework, risk committees, risk management, security arragements, security-based swap clearing agencies, Security-Based Swap Dealer, security-based swap execution facility, sell-side firms, shareholders, stress-testing methodologies, systemic risk, systemically important financial market infrastructure, title transfer collateral arrangements, trading venues, trading volume, transparency, uncleared derivative, Unwind, variation margin,

MFA Coalition Submits Joint Letter to SEC and CFTC on CDS Customer Portfolio Margining05.10.13


MFA, the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI), and the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) (collectively, the “Associations”) submitted a […]

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Topics: ACLI AIMA, Alternative Investment Management Association, American Council of Life Insurers, arbitrage, backloading, broad-based indices, broker-dealer, buy-side participants, capital, capital formation, CDS, central clearing, CFTC, clearing, clearing agency, clearing mandate, clearinghouse, collateral, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, counterparty credit risk, counterparty risk, credit default swaps, credit risk, custody bank, DCM, DCO, dealers, derivatives, derivatives clearing organization, direct clearing members, directional portfolio, economic barriers, end-users, equity markets, excess margin, FCM, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, FINRA, futures commission merchants, Gary Gensler, hedging, ICE Clear Credit LLC, ICE Trust, initial margin, initial margin requirements, insolvency, institutional custodian, interconnectedness, interest rate swaps, Investor Protection, iTraxx Europe, legal segregation with operation commingling, liquidation, liquidity, liquidity requirements, long-short strategies, LSOC, LSOC with excess, margin, margin requirements, margining, market efficiency, market participants, Mary Jo White, master netting agreements, narrow-based index credit default swap, net margin, New York State Banking Department, OCC, offsetting position, Options Clearing Corporation, portfolio margining, price competition, price distortion, proprietary strategies, registered clearing agencies, regulatory framework, risk management, S&P 500, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, security-based swaps, segregation, self-clearing members, sell-side firms, settlement, short straddles, single-name CDS, speculative position, straight-through processing, swaps, systemic risk, tri-party segregation arrangements, variation margin, volatility, voluntary clearing,

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 Comments to CFTC on Cross-Border Guidance08.28.12


MFA and AIMA jointly submitted a comment letter to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) on its “Proposed Interpretive Guidance […]

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Topics: accredited investors African Development Bank, AIMA, Alternative Investment Management Association, Asian Development Bank, banks, Business Conduct Standards, buy-side firms, CFTC, chief compliance officer, clearing, collective investment vehicles, comment letter, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, commodity pool, commodity pool operator, commodity swaps, compliance costs, Corporation, cost-benefit analysis, Council of the European Union, counterparties, CPO, CPO registration requirements, Dealer, dealers, Department of the Treasury, derivatives, derivatives markets, direct or indirect ownership, duplicative regulation, entity-level requirement, ESMA, estate, European Parliament, European Securities and Markets Authority, execution, fiduciary, financial crisis, financial stability, financial system, foreign banks, foreign entity, Form CPO-PQR, fund, fund of funds, G20, G20 commitments, general partnerships, hedge fund administrator, hedge fund industry, hedge fund managers, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Monetary Authority, income tax, Inter-American Development Bank, International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, international harmonization of regulations, International Monetary Fund, International Organization of Securities Commissions, interpretive guidance, IOSCO, Jill Sommers, joint-stock company, limited liability companies, listed entity, Look Through, major swap participants, majority ownership, margining, market impact, market participants, Monetary Authority of Singapore, MSPs, natural person, non-U.S. investment fund, non-U.S. market participants, non-U.S. persons, OTC derivatives, OTC derivatives market, over-the-counter derivatives, partnership, pension plans, Policy Makers, pooled accounts, portfolio reconciliation, prime brokers, qualified eligible person, real-time public reporting, registration, regulatory framework, regulatory requirements, reporting party, risk management, Scott O'Malia, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, Securities and Futures Commission, segregation, sell-side firms, shareholders, Singapore, substituted compliance, swap data recordkeeping, swap data reporting, swap data repository, swap dealer, swaps, swaps processing, third country, trade confirmations, transaction cost, transaction-level requirements, transparency, Trust, U.S. person, uncleared swaps, United Nations,

Letter to Mary Schapiro; Attachments: (Industry Letter on Buy Side Access to Clearing) and (Recommended Timeline for Adoption and Implementation of Final Rules Pursuant to Title VII of The Dodd-Frank Act)03.24.11


MFA submitted a letter to Chairmen Schapiro and Gensler, and each of the SEC and CFTC Commissioners, providing our recommendations […]

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Topics: 14d order 17f6 order, alternative margin segregation schemes, asset manager accounts, asset managers, back loading facility, back-office processing, Bankruptcy Code, Basel I capital requirements, big bang approach, bilateral swaps, block trade. swap initial margin, block trading, Bloomberg, broad industry clearing, broad-based index credit default swaps, Business Conduct Standards, buy-side access, buy-side participants, capital requirements, CCP implementation period, CCP risk management, CCPs, CDS, CDS books, central clearing, CFTC rules, clearable contracts, cleared OTC derivatives, cleared settlement, cleared swaps, clearing, clearing agreement, clearing members, clearinghouses, ClearPort, CME, CME rules, CMs, collateral, commission fee, commodity contracts, complex instruments, compression, counterparty risk, credit, current clearable swaps, customer clearing services, customer funds, DCO governance, DCO registration, dealer-to-dealer clearing, default waterfall, derivatives clearing organizations, direct clearing participants, Dodd-Frank clearing requirements, DTCC data, efficiency, electronic data, eligible contract participant, end to end production testing, end-to-end systems flow, end-user exemptions, end-users, English law CSAs, exchange trading, execution agreement, fallback processing, FCMs, FIA, financial disclosure requirements, FINRA exemptions, front-office processing, future clearable swaps, futures, give up process, give-up agreements, global financial system, hedge funds, ICELink, IIGC, indirect clearing participants, individual risk concentrations, industry-level metrics, interdealer reporting, interest rate markets, interest rate swaps, investor, ISDA Governance Committee, liquid contracts, liquid swap transactions, liquidity, long-only accounts, mandatory clearing date, margin methodology, margin regime, margin requirements, margin segregation, MarkitWire, middle-office processing, migration, milestones, mixed swap, MSP recordkeeping requirements, MSPs, net client omnibus margin account, New York Fed, non-US bankruptcy, non-US bankruptcy laws, non-US CM's default, onboarding, onboarding work streams, open interest caps, OTC derivatives, OTC derivatives market, OTC derivatives reform, Phase 1 mandatory cleared products, phase-in approach, phase-in period, position limits, post-default portability, post-trade reporting, pre-default portability, pre-trade reporting, price challenge protocol, price transparency, public reporting, real-time reporting, reform, Regulators, risk compression, risk waterfall process, roll-out schedule, scale readiness, SD recordkeeping requirements, SEC exemptions, SEC rules, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEF trading, segregation framework, sell-side firms, simpler instruments, single-name CDS, standardized documentation, standardizing contracts, streamlined netting process, swap dealer, systemic counterparty risk, systemic risk, TBF, tear-ups, title transfer regime, trade compression, trade rejection rights, trade repositories, trade repository data, trade transparency, trading annex, transparency, uncleared settlement, US bank CM, US banking regulators, US bankruptcy, vendor, volume targets, voluntary back loading, voluntary period, voluntary targets, waterfalls,

MFA Letter to UK Financial Services Authority to Proposed Short Selling Disclosure Measures05.08.09


MFA submitted a letter to the U.K. Financial Services Authority in response to its proposed short selling disclosure measures, recommending […]

MFA Letter to IOSCO Technical Committee Short Selling Task Force on Regulatory Approaches to Short Selling12.23.08


MFA sent a letter to the IOSCO Technical Committee Short Selling Task Force providing comments to regulatory approaches to short […]

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Topics: "delta" hedge aggregate basis, algorithmic trading, alternative investment vehicles, artificial price movements, automated systems, bid-ask spreads, bilateral swaps, broker-dealer, buy-side firms, capital markets, capital raising, chilling effect, clearing brokers, closed-out, CNS, Continuous Net Settlement, convertible bond, custodian banks, decimal pricing, derivatives, derivatives trading, distressed companies, easy to borrow shares, Electronic Blue Sheet system, endowments, Equity Security, European Corporate Governance Institute, exchanges, executing brokers, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, FINRA, Florence Harmon, foundations, fraudulent short selling activity, hard to borrow shares, headline risk, hedge, hedging, high-volume trading, institutional investors, international harmonization of regulations, International Organization of Securities Commissions, John G. Gaine, liquidity, listed derivatives, locate, long positions, manipulative naked short selling, manual trading, market bubbles, market efficiency, market liquidity, market participants, Martin Wheatley, money managers, naked short selling, Nasdaq-listed securities, National Securities Clearing Corporation, NSCC, NYSE, NYSE-listed securities, OATS, Order Audit Trail System Rules, Order Tracking System, OTC derivatives, OTC equity securities, OTS, over-the-counter derivatives, pensions, Pre-borrow Emergency Order, pre-borrow requirement, price discovery, prime broker, proprietary investment strategies, public disclosure, reconciliation, registered market centers, Regulation Filing Applications, reverse engineer, risk, risk management, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, securities depositaries, sell-side firms, settlement, settlement date, short interest positions, short sale reporting, short selling, short squeeze, sub-penny quotes, swap, synthetic positions, systematic disturbances, Technical Committee of the International Organization of Securities Commissions, threshold security, trade reconciliation, transparency, unintentional failures to deliver, uptick rule, upward market manipulations, Yale International Center for Finance,
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