MFA Comment Letters

Topic: Wall St. Journal

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,

MFA Comments to SEC on Pay to Play Proposal10.06.09


MFA submitted a letter to the SEC today in response to its proposal to, among other things, restrict political contributions […]

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Topics: academic institutions affiliated broker-dealer, agency, American Bar Association, anti-competitive effects, assets, authority, backward-looking provisions, beneficial owners, Broker, broker-dealer, California Public Employees' Retirement System, CalPERS, CalSTRS, cash solicitation, charitable institution, chief compliance officer, chilling effect, code of ethics rule, Committee on Federal Regulation of the American Bar Association, compensation arrangements, compliance burden, compliance costs, compliance procedures, Connecticut, contractual rights and obligations, covered associates, covered investment pool, de minimi exception, Dealer, direct investment, direct investors, Disclosure, disproportionately severe punishment, due diligence, executive officer, family members of covered associates, fiduciary duty, Form ADV, Foundation, fund assets, fund of funds, general partner, government assets, government entities, government official, hedge fund managers, hedge funds, Illinois, inadvertent contribution, Inadvertent Violation, inauguration or transition committee, incentive fee structure, institutional investor, instrumentality of the State, interest, investment adviser, investment advisory services, investment management industry, investment management services, investment objectives, investment services, investment techniques, legal authorities, limited partnership, liquidity, local or state political party, look-back period, look-back provision, Los Angeles City Employees' Retirement System, Los Angeles County Employees' Retirement System, management fees, marketing activities, Massachusetts, MSRB, municipal securities, municipal securities business, municipal securities principals, municipal securities professional, municipal securities representative, Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, municipal securities underwriters, municipal underwritings, New Mexico Educational Retirement Board, New Mexico Investment Council, New York, New York City Employees' Retirement System, New York State Common Retirement Fund, offshore managers, Oklahoma, operational challenges, pay to play practices, pay to play scandals, Pennsylvania Public School Employees' Retirement System, Pennsylvania State Employment Retirement System, pension, personal political activities, placement agent, plan, platform arrangement, political action committee, political contributions, pool of assets, pooled investment vehicle, portfolio manager, pre-approval policies, pre-approval procedures, principal business unit, private fund, program, public pension plans, publicly offered securities, redemption requests, redemption rights, registered investment adviser, registered investment companies, registration, regulations, Regulators, requests for proposals, returned contribution, risk management, sales principals, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, securities firms, soliciting, state and federal laws, state and local entities, Teacher Retirement System of Texas, third party placement agent, third party placement agents, third party solicitors, transparency, unregistered adviser, Wall St. Journal, Washington, written compliance policies and procedures,

MFA Comments to SEC on Interim Final Temporary Amendments to Regulation SHO12.15.08


MFA sent a letter to the SEC providing comments to the Commission’s interim final temporary rule on amendments to Reg […]

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Topics: "delta" hedge algorithmic trading, arrangement to borrow, artificial buying pressure, Arturo Bris, automated trading, bid-ask spreads, borrowing costs, broker-dealer, buy-side firms, capital, capital formation, capital raising, clearing, clearing agency, close-out, competition, Continuous Net Settlement, custodian banks, debt securities, delivery, derivatives hedging strategies, distressed companies, easy to borrow shares, efficiency, emergency orders, European Corporate Governance Institute, executing brokers, fails to deliver, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, FINRA, G19, G19 securities, hard to borrow shares, hedging, liquidity, locate, long sales, mandatory close-out, manipulative naked short selling, manual trading, market dislocations, market distortions, market efficiency, market liquidity, market maker, market participants, market risk, naked short selling, National Securities Clearing Corporation, New York Stock Exchange, NSCC, NYSE, operational efficiency, options, order to purchase, pre-fail credit, pricing efficiency, prime broker, public companies, public interest, regulatory efficiencies, risk management, SEC, SEC July 15 Emergency Order, securities, Securities and Exchange Commission, securities depositaries, self-regulatory organization, sell-side firms, settlement, settlement date, short positions, short selling, Short Selling Activity in Financial Stocks, short selling regulation, short squeeze, SRO, T+2, T+4, T+5, three-day settlement cycle, threshold securities, threshold securities list, uptick rule, volatility, Voting Rights, Wall St. Journal, Yale International Center for Finance,
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