Welcome to Margin Matters

Our Margin Matters Podcast Series has been specifically created to shine a light on critical areas and themes within the financial industry.

Listen, learn, and subscribe to our podcast, where we'll discuss the latest news and trends within the derivatives markets with our host, Virginie O'Shea, and new guests every episode.


Our Host

Welcome to Margin Matters 1Virginie O'Shea is a capital markets fintech research specialist, with two decades of experience in tracking financial technology developments in the sector, with a particular focus on regulatory developments, data, and standards. She is the founder of Firebrand Research, a new research and advisory firm focused on providing capital markets technology and operations insights for the digital age.

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Latest Episodes


May 25th, 2021

How to get your Boss to Invest in FinTech

In episode four of Margin Matters, we talk briefly about the industry outlook for 2021 and cover off some words of wisdom for our listeners about business case building. T. Rowe Price's Kevin Khokhar, Associate Director for Derivatives and Multi-asset Trading Solutions, and Stanley Drasky, Director at Elgin White Consultancy, join series regular and CEO of Cassini Systems, Liam Huxley for our big topic for the day... how can buy-side firms build a business case for pre-trade and analytics technology investment.


November 17th, 2020

Collateral Management Matters 

Episode three of Margin Matters tackles the topic du jour of collateral management in stressed markets. What has the industry learned in 2020 and what can we expect in 2021? State Street’s Ingvar Sigurjonsson, Managing Director of Funding and Collateral transformation, and Chris Watts Co-Founder and Director of Margin Tonic, join series regular and CEO of Cassini Systems, Liam Huxley, to discuss everything from collateral traffic jams to collateral optimization with host and founder of Firebrand Research, Virginie O’Shea. We also take a quick look at ISDA’s proposals to join together the worlds of collateral with securities financing. 


September 8th, 2020

The Unintended Consequences of Finreg

Episode two of Margin Matters gets to grips with the intended and unintended consequences of derivatives regulation. Series regular Liam Huxley of Cassini Systems is joined by GAM Investments’ head of compliance Chris Beevor and DTCC’s Val Wotton to chat with host Virginie O’Shea of Firebrand Research about all things finreg for the buy side. We also take a quick look at the ongoing replacement of Libor and the nitty gritty of derivatives data with ISDA’s CDM.


July 17th, 2020

Derivatives, WFH Edition

In our inaugural Margin Matters podcast, fintech founders Liam Huxley of Cassini Systems and Christian Nentwich of Duco talk to Virginie O’Shea from Firebrand Research about how they got into the industry, what they’ve learned during the crisis and the unique challenges the industry has faced so far in 2020. We also delve into the regulatory delays for key pieces of derivatives regulation such as UMR and get the lowdown on what the European Commission has in store for the rest of the year.

Be Our Guest

We already have plans for upcoming episodes but we'd love to involve leading firms and people in the industry to lift the lid on margin, analytics, FinTech, finance and more.

If you've got something to say and would like to be part of our broadcast please get in touch right away - click below and use the form on our Contact page.