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.

November 05, 2010

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From: MFA, Richard H. Baker


The Honorable Timothy F. Geithner, Chariman, Financial Stability Oversight Council
Sheila C. Bair, Chariman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Ben S. Bernanke, Chairman, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; Edward J. DeMarco, Acting Director, Federal Housing Finance Agency; Gary Gensler, Chairman, Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Debbie Matz, Chairman, National Credit Union Adminstration; Mary Schapiro, Chairman, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; John Walsh, Acting Comptroller of the Currency

MFA submitted a comment letter to the Financial Stability Oversight Council in response to the Councils advance notice and request for comment on the criteria for designating a nonbank financial company as systemically important. In the letter, MFA discussed the relatively small size, lack of concentration, structure of the industry and the relatively low use of leverage by the industry, each of which are factors likely to be considered by the Council in assessing the hedge fund industry. MFA expressed support for reporting to regulators to ensure they have the information needed to assess systemic risk and encouraged the Council to base its decisions on analysis of quantitative data. MFA also expressed the view, that in light of the key factors discussed in the letter, MFA believes it is highly unlikely that any hedge fund is systemically important at this time.