Hedge fund managers are subject to robust regulations designed to oversee activities of the funds that they manage. MFA supported systemic risk reporting and we believe that systemic risk regulation should be activities- based, and data collection should be rationalized across activities and not focused on any single metric.

Alternative investment fund managers report vast amounts of sensitive data to regulators through registrations, regulatory reporting requirements, and outdated recordkeeping requirements. Many managers are required to be registered as investment advisers  with the SEC, as well as  commodity  pool  operators  and commodity trading advisors with the CFTC; and consequentially, are required to routinely file multiple forms with the SEC, CFTC,  and  NFA.  The  regulatory and filing requirements are similar, but different enough to require separate compliance and filing systems. To enhance the efficient functioning of capital markets, policymakers should eliminate outdated registration and oversight requirements, harmonize data collection, and eliminate data requests that do not further regulators’ objective of monitoring systemic risk.