MFA Comment Letters

Topic: "too big to fail

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 White Paper to European Commission on Shadow Banking06.01.12


On June 1, MFA submitted a white paper on hedge funds and shadow banking in response to the European Commission’s […]

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Topics: "too big to fail ABCP conduits, absolute risk, AIFMD, Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive, asset classes, asset-backed commercial paper conduits, asset-backed securities, assets under management, AUM, Background Note, Background Note "Shadow Banking: Scoping the Issues", bank-like activities, bank-like regulation, bankruptcy, banks, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, broker-dealer, Brookings Institution, Bureau of Economic Analysis, central clearing, CFTC, chief compliance officer, collateral, Columbia University, commodity futures contracts, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, commodity pool, commodity trading advisor, convertible arbitrage, corporate bonds, corporate fixed income instrument, counter-cyclical, counterparties, credit arbitrage strategies, credit cards, credit hedge funds, credit intermediation, creditor, CTA, demand deposit accounts, Department of the Treasury, deposit-like characteristics, derivative transactions, derivatives, derivatives market, direct lending, direct loan market, discount windows, distressed restructuring strategies, Dodd-Frank Act, Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Doug Elliott, EMIR, equity investors, EU, EU Member State, European Commission, European Market Infrastructure Regulation, European Union, financial industries, financial institutions, financial market, Financial Services Authority, Financial Stability Board, Financial Stability Oversight Council, fixed income - asset backed, fixed income - convertible arbitrage, fixed income - corporate, fixed income instruments, Form ADV, Form PF, FSA, FSB, FSOC, fundamental credit analysis, G20, gates, government bonds, government insurance, Green Paper "Shadow Banking", hedge fund counterparties, hedge fund industry, hedge fund managers, Hedge Fund Research, hidden leverage, House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, ICI, initial margin, insider trading, instant liquidity funds, institutional investment manager, investment advisers, Investment Company Institute, investment strategies, investor, leverage, leverage ratio, leveraged loan markets, liquidity, liquidity protections, liquidity transformation, loans, lock-up periods, Long Term Capital Management, Lord Adair Turner, major swap participants, margin, market based regulations, Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, Master Limited Partnership, maturity tra, maturity transformation, MiFID, money market funds, mutual funds, mutual funds management, non-bank financial insitutions, nonbank credit intermediation, Office of Financial Research, OFR, originator, OTC derivatives, over-the-counter derivatives, PIPE, pricing discrepancy, private equity, private investment in public equity, private issue/Regulation D strategies, property-casualty insurance, prudential regulation, public company equity securities, quantitative strategies, RAUM, real estate, receivables, redemption terms, Regulation D, regulatory arbitrage, regulatory assets under management, regulatory framework, relative value, relative value - multi-strategies, risk analysis, risk management, SEC, secured borrowings, secured financing, Securities and Exchange Commission, segregation, shadow banking, shadow banking system, side pockets, SIFI, SIV, small and medium-sized enterprises, SME, sophisticated investors, state securities regulators, structured investment vehicles, swap dealers, swaps, systemic risk, systemically important financial institution, tangible financial commitments, taxpayer, the Fed, total return swaps, transparency, U.S. Securities Laws, uncollateralized loans, United Kingdom, variation margin, venture capital funds, Volcker Rule,

Comment Letters to Prudential Regulators on their Proposed Rules for Margin and Capital Requirements for Covered Swap Entities07.11.11


MFA submitted a comment letter to the Prudential Regulators in response to their notice of proposed rulemaking on Margin and […]

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Topics: "too big to fail adverse pricing, asset class, Ben S. Bernanke, bilateral exchange of variation margin, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, call option, capital charge, Capital Relief for Cleared Swaps, central clearing, central clearinghouse, CFTC, cleared swap transactions, clearing eligible, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, commodity swaps, consistency, counterparties, counterparty risk, covered swap participants, credit default swap, cross-product netting agreements, CSEs, customized transactions, DCO, delivery of margin, derivatives clearing organizations, equity swaps, Eurodollar futures, Farm Credit Administration, FCM, FDIC, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Housing Finance Agency, financial entity counterparties, five-day time horizon, funding costs, futures commission merchant, Gary Gensler, House Committee on Financial Services, illiquid security, indirect transmission, interest rate swap, interest rate swaps, liquidation value, liquidity, major swap participants, mandatory clearing requirements, minimize risk, multi-lateral netting agreements, non-cash collateral, non-cleared commodity options, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Margin and Capital Requirements for Covered Swap Entities, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, operational costs, over-collateralization, paired products, pension plans, physically-settling forwards, proprietary models, referenced bond, repurchase agreements, risk management, risk reduction tool, risk-based margin requirements, robust netting arrangements, SDs, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, security lending agreements, security-based swaps, swap dealers, swap documents, swap markets, swap portfolio, systemic risk, ten-day liquidation time horizon, Timothy Geithner, total return swap, trading contracts, transparency, Treasury, uncleared swaps, uncollaterized swap positions, university endowments, unsecured counterparty credit risk, valuation formulas, variation margin,

Comment Letter on Proposed Rules for Margin Requirements for Uncleared Swaps and Capital Requirements for Swap Dealers and Major Swap Participants07.11.11


MFA submitted a comment letter to the CFTC in response to both their notice of proposed rulemaking on Capital Requirements […]

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Topics: " "Proposed Margin Rules " uncollateralized swap positions, "Proposed Capital Rules, "too big to fail, adverse pricing, Alternative Method, asset class, asset classes, bilateral variation margin exchange, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, buy-side firms, capital planning, Capital Relief for Cleared Swaps, capital requirements, Capital Rules, central clearing, CFTC, Chicago Trading Company, collateral delivery, collateral management practices, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, commodity swaps, counterparties, counterparty credit quality, counterparty exposure, cross-product netting agreements, CSE, custodian, customized transactions, DCO, equity swaps, Eurodollar futures, Farm Credit Administration, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Housing Finance Agency, financial entities, five-day time horizon, funding costs, futures commission merchant, Gary Gensler, grid-based method, Hon. Ben S. Bernanke, in-the-money swap, initial and variation margin transfers, initial margin model, interest rate swaps, Joint Commission-SEC Staff Roundtable on Proposed Dealer and major Participant Definitions Under the Dodd-Frank Act, liened account assets, liquidation value, liquidity, margin, margin exchange, margin practices, Mr. Eric Chern, multi-lateral agreements, multiplier of 2.0, multiplier of 4.4, net counterparty exposure, netting, non-cash collateral, non-cleared commodity options, Office of the Currency, Office of the Treasury, one-sided variation margin arrangements, out-of-the-money swap, paired products, pension plans, physically-settling forwards, portfolio offsets, proprietary models, prudential regulator, reference cleared swap, referenced bond, Reporting of Capital Requirements, repurchase agreements, risk management, safeguards. designated clearing organization, SEC, security lending agreements, segregation of customer assets, shielding assets, swap markets, swap portfolio, systemic risk, tailored products, ten-day liquidation time horizon, Timothy Geithner, trading contracts, trading costs, transparency, two-way exchange of variation margin, uncleared swaps, university endowments, unsecured counterparty credit risk, unsecured obligations, variation margin,

Comment Letter on Proposed Rulemaking for Systemically Significant Institutions02.25.11


MFA submitted a letter to the Financial Stability Oversight Council in response to the Councils proposed rule regarding the criteria […]

Comment Letter Responding to the Financial Stability Oversight Council’s Advance Notice and Request for Comment on the Criteria for Designating a Nonbank Financial Company as Systemically Important.11.05.10


MFA submitted a comment letter to the Financial Stability Oversight Council in response to the Councils advance notice and request […]

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Topics: "too big to fail alignment of interests, asset mix, assets under management, bank holding companies, banks, Board of Governors, BofA Merrill Lynch, Borrowing, broker-dealer, capital markets, CFTC, Cleared Transaction, collateral, Collateral Posting, Colombia University, Common Adviser, Congress, counterparties, counterparty risk management, Counterparty Risk Management Policy Group, credit exposure, Debt Guarantees, diversified portfolio, due diligence, Equity Capital Stability, FDIC, FDIC deposit insurance, Fed Chairman Bernanke, Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council, Federal Reserve System, Federal Reserve's Discount Window, Financial Assets, financial institutions, Financial Market Participants, Financial Stability Oversight Council, financial system, FSOC, gates, global mutual fund industry, Government-Funded Capital, Government-Issed Charter, hedge fund industry, hedge funds, high water marks, Highly Illiquid Assets, Inadequate Counterparty Risk, insurance companies, Investment Company Institute, investment portfolio, Legally Distinct Funds, leverage, leverage ratio, Liquidity Restrictions, Long Term Capital Managment, LTCM, major swap participants, margin requirements, market participants, Nonbank Financial Company, off-balance sheet exposures, OTC, OTC Derivatives Trades, over-the-counter derivatives, overnight borrowing, performance fees, Periods of Redemption, Position Size, prime brokerage, Redemptions, regulatory regime, retail investors, risk monitoring, risk-adjusted returns, SEC, Securities Exchange Commission, Short-Term Funding, Side Pocket Vehicles, sophisticated investors, Standardized Transactions, Structure of the Industry, swap dealers, systemic risk, Systemic Risk Monitoring, Systemically Important Financial Companies, Systemically Important Institutions, Systemically Relevant Firms, TARP, Troubled Asset Relief Program, U.S. Banking Industry, U.S. Financial Stability, ultra-high net worth individuals, Uncleared Transaction,

MFA Comments on CFTC Regulatory Intitiatives Under the Dodd-Frank Act09.22.10


MFA submitted initial comments to the SEC and the CFTC on regulatory initiatives in each agencys purview under the Dodd-Frank […]

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Topics: "too big to fail AIG, bankruptcy law, Bondholder, business risk, capital markets, CCP, central clearing, central counterparties, CFTC, cleared swaps, clearing, collateral, Columbia University, commercial paper, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, commodity pool operator, commodity trading advisor, contract market, Counterparty, credit exposure, creditor, CTA, customer asset, customer protection, depositor, Designated Contract Market, endowments, equity market, FCM, FDIC, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council, Federal Reserve, financial crisis, financial regulatory system, financial risk, Financial Stability Oversight Council, FSOC, futures, futures commission merchant, futures market, hedge funds, individual account, initial margin, institutional investors, international coordination, investment adviser, Investment Company Institute, investment portfolio, investor confidence, Investor Protection, leverage, liquidity, Major Swap Participant, managed funds, market discipline, market integrity, market maker, market stability, msp, non-bank MSP, non-swap dealer, Office of Financial Research, offsetting position, omnibus account, operational risk, OTC derivatives market, over-the-counter derivatives market, owned funds, Peavey Commodity Futures Fund no-action letter, pension plans, physical market, position limits, private investment funds, proprietary asset, proprietary strategies, regulatory capital requirements, reporting, residual value, risk capital, risk committee, risk management, risk model, roll-over, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, security-based swaps, SEF, segregation, substantial position, swap, swap dealer, Swap Execution Facility, systemic risk, TARP, third party custodian, Tier 1 capital, transparency, Troubled Asset Relief Program, U.S. Banking Industry, uncleared swaps, variation margin,

MFA Comments on SEC Regulatory Initiatives Under the Dodd-Frank Act09.22.10


MFA submitted initial comments to the SEC and the CFTC on regulatory initiatives in each agencys purview under the Dodd-Frank […]

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Topics: "too big to fail accredited investor, AIFs, AIG, alternative investment funds, Bad Actors, bankruptcy law, beneficial ownership, Bondholder, Broker, business risk, capital formation, capital markets, CCP, central clearing, central counterparties, CFTC, cleared swaps, clearing, client, collateral, Columbia University, commercial paper, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, commodity pool operator, commodity trading advisor, Comptroller General of the United States, Confidential Information, contract market, Counterparty, covered financial institution, credit exposure, creditor, CTA, CUSIP number, customer asset, customer protection, depositor, Designated Contract Market, Disclosure, disqalifying felons, EC, endowments, EP, equity market, EU, European Commission, European Commissioner Michel Barnier, European Council of Finance Ministers, European Parliament, European Union, executive compensation, family office, FCM, FDIC, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council, Federal Reserve, fiduciary, fiduciary standard, financial crisis, financial entities, financial regulatory system, financial risk, Financial Stability Oversight Council, Form SH, FSOC, futures, futures commission merchant, futures market, global banks, global market, hedge funds, herding, Incentive-Based Compensation Arrangements, individual account, initial margin, institutional investors, international coordination, investment adviser, investment adviser examination, Investment Company Institute, investment portfolio, Investor Advisory Committee, investor confidence, Investor Protection, knowledgeable employees, leverage, liquidity, Major Security-Based Swap Participant, Major Swap Participant, managed funds, many-to-many platform, margin requirement, market discipline, market integrity, market maker, market makers, market stability, msp, MSSP, mutual fund, non-bank financial companies, non-bank MSP, non-swap dealer, OCIE, Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, Office of Financial Research, offsetting position, omnibus account, operational risk, OTC derivatives market, over-the-counter derivatives market, owned funds, Peavey Commodity Futures Fund no-action letter, pension plans, performance reports, physical market, pooled investment vehicle, pooled vehicle, position limits, price discovery, Price Manipulation, private funds, private investment funds, proprietary asset, proprietary information, proprietary strategies, qualified client, registration, Regulation D, regulatory capital requirements, reporting, residual value, retail clients, retail funds, risk capital, risk committee, risk management, risk model, risk profile, roll-over, SEC, SEC-registered advisers, Secretary Geithner, Securities and Exchange Commission, security-based swaps, SEF, segregation, self-regulatory organization, short selling, short swing profit reporting, SRO, substantial position, swap, swap dealer, Swap Execution Facility, systemic risk, TARP, third party custodian, Tier 1 capital, transitional relief, transparency, Troubled Asset Relief Program, U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling, U.S. Banking Industry, uncleared swaps, variation margin, Venture Capital Fund, volatility,
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