MFA Comment Letters

Topic: Value at Risk

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 Response to FSA Discussion Paper on Implementation of the AIFMD03.23.12


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Topics: Advanced Method AIFMD, AIFMD firm, Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive, audit function, CAD-defined terms, capital requirements, CDS, CESR Guidelines on Risk Management and the Calculation of Global Exposure and Coutnerparty Risk for UCITS, chief compliance officer, compliance function, conflicts of interest, CRD3 framework, depositary, depositary liability, Dodd-Frank Act, ESMA, EU Passport, EUR denominated bonds, European Central Bank, European Securities and Markets Authority, exchanges, external valuer, family investment vehicle, family relationship, FCA, FCA Approach Document, Final Advice on the AIFMD, Financial Services Authority, foreign exchange, Form PF, FSA, FSA Discussion Paper "Implementation of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive", FSA Principles for Business, FSA Remuneration Code, functional and hierarchal independence, functional and hierarchical separation, hedge funds, hedging arragements, institutional investors, interest alignment, interest rate risk, internally managed AIF, internationally coordinated approach to reporting, investor capital, IPRU (INV), less than fully invested, letter-box entity, leverage, limited partnership, liquidity requirements, marketing, Member State competent authorities, MiFID, MiFID firm, MiFID investment services, MiFID portfolio managers, NAV, NAV per share, net asset value, net assets under management, non-EU AIFM, PII requirements, portfolio management, portfolio management personnel, portfolio risk, preferential treatment, prime brokers, private placement, professional indemnity insurance, professional investors, professional negligence, proportionality principle, proprietary business information, public offers, QIS disclosure requirements, qualitative risk limit, redemption terms, regulatory requirements, regulatory risks, remuneration guidelines, remuneration provisions, retail consumers, retail customers, retail investors, reverse solicitation process, risk management, risk/return profile, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, segregated account, side letters, single AIFM, swap data warehouses, SYSC 10 of the FSA Handbook, third country, third country managers, tier 4 firm, UCITS Directive, UCITS investors, UK AIFM, unregulated CIS, valuation oversight duties, valuation procedures, Value at Risk, VaR methodology,

Comment Letter to ESMA on its Draft Technical Advice to the European Commission for Implementing AIFMD09.13.11


MFA submitted comments to ESMA on its consultation on possible implementing measures of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD). […]

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Topics: Advanced Method Advisers Act, AIF, AIFMD, Article 3(2), Article 61, Article 9(3), AUM, AUM Calculations, bespoke system, Box 1, Box 106, Box 13, Box 19, Box 2, Box 29, Box 78, Box 79, Box 81, Box 86, Box 88, Box 89, Box 93, Box 95, Box 99, CDS, CESR Guidelines, collateral, collateral directive, Commitment Method, Committee on European Securities Regulators, confidentiality, consultation paper, counterparties, counterparty exposures, credit default swap, depositaries, depositary, diligence requirement, Dodd-Frank, due diligence, ECB, EU investors, EU Passport, European Central Bank, European Commission, exposure, Financial Services Authority, foreign exchange hedging position, Form PF, FSA, G-20, gates, generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), Gross Method, interest rate hedging position, international coordination, Investment Advisers Act of 1940, Level 2, Level 2 inputs, Level 3 inputs, leverage, liability regime, liability standards, liquidity risk, mark-to-market, market risk, marketing, MiFID, NAV, net asset value, omnibus accounts, operational risk, OTC transaction, passport regime, portfolio management, portfolio risk, prime brokers, private funds, professional indemnity insurance requirements, professional investors, proprietary information, re-hypothecation provisions, redemption policy, registration, remuneration, reporting period, repurchase agreement, retail investors, risk limits, risk management, safe-keeping function, SEC, securities lending agreement, segregation, semi-annual reporting, side pockets, sub-custodian, sub-investment managers, systemic risk, the directive, third party managers, transparency, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, UCITS Directive, underwriters, unobservable, valuation agents, Value at Risk, VaR,

Comment Letter on Joint Release Regarding Reporting by Investment Advisors to Private Funds and Certain Commodity Pool Operators and Commodity Trading Advisors on Form PF04.08.11


MFA filed a comment letter with the SEC and CFTC in response to their joint proposal to require private fund […]

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Topics: absolute return strategies aggregate borrowings, aggregate gross asset value, alternative methodology, asset-backed securities, assets under management, audited financial statements, balance sheet value, beneficial owners, bespoke contracts, Bloomberg, borrowing arrangements, CCPs, CDS, CDX, central clearing counterparties, CFTC, clause (iii), collateral, collateral practices, commodity pool operators, commodity trading advisors, confidentiality of information, confidentiality protections, corporate bonds, Council and Office of Financial Research, counterparty exposures, CR01, creditor, currency rates, CUSIP number, DCMs, de minimis, debt securities, default rates, delta adjusted, direct clearing members, direct investments, distressed debt, Dodd-Frank Act, duration, DV01, equity derivatives, equity exposure, equity prices, FCMs, Federal Reserve System, Financial Accounting Standards Board, Financial Stability Oversight Council, five-year option, fixed advisory fees, foreign currency contracts, foreign exchange derivatives, Form 10-K, Form 10-Q, Form 13F, Form ADV, Form CPO, Form CTA-PR, Form PF, Form PF question 36, form PF questions 28 and 35, Form PQR, FSA, funds of funds, futures commission merchants, futures contracts, GAAP, generally accepted accounting principles, global regulators, GMV, gross asset value, hedge fund assets under management, hedge fund defaults, illiquid assets, inadvertent disclosure, inception class, individual certification, interconnectedness, interest rates, interpretive guidance, Investment Adviser Registration Depository, investment advisers, investment expenses, large private fund manager, lending institutions, Level 2 inputs, Level 3 inputs, leverage, liquidity management, liquidity risk, LMV, loan commitments, long positions, managed futures, margin requirements, market noise, market participants, market value, master agreement, master-feeder, maturity brackets, maturity mismatch, NAV, net asset value, net assets under management, net borrowings, non-bank financial companies, non-rated issues, notional amount, notional value of derivatives, offsetting exposure, OFR, operational capabilities, operational efficiency, other quantitative strategies, overcounting, parallel funds, parallel managed accounts, performance fees, portfolio management, prime brokers, private equity, private fund managers, private funds, privately issued convertible bonds, proposed reporting thresholds, proprietary information, proprietary methodology, public companies, qualifying fund, record owners, recordkeeping requirements, regulatory assets under management, regulatory scrutiny, rehypothecated initial margin, reporting period, repos, risk capital allocation, risk methodology, Schedule 13G, SEC, section 404, semi-annual reporting, sensitivity analyses, short borrowing, short positions, short term high quality corporate debt, short-term interest rate, short-term market fluctuations, side pocket arrangement, SMV, statistical arbitrage-equity, strategy exposure, swap contracts, synthetic borrowing, systemic risk, systemically significant, targeted requests, ten-year option, the Fed, threshold, threshold for enhanced performance, tiered reporting system, trading and investment strategies, tri-party collateral accounts, turnover rate, UK Financial Services Authority, unaffiliated third party sources, uncommitted lines of credit, undercounting, valuation methodology, Value at Risk, VaR, variation margin,
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