Marco A. Piñón is currently an Advisor at the Monetary and Capital Markets Department (MCM) of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), where he has concentrated on Financial Sector Assessment programs (FSAP) and macroprudential policies, with emphasis on the European, Middle Eastern and Central Asia, and Western Hemisphere Departments. He is currently leading the FSAP for Norway. Since 1990, he has also served the IMF in several capacities in the Western Hemisphere and Strategy and Policy Review departments, including as division and mission chief for several program countries. Prior to joining the IMF, he was an econometrician and international consultant at Wharton Econometrics Forecasting Associates in Philadelphia. He completed his education in economics at the Monterrey Institute of Technology (Mexico) and the George Washington University. His recent research interests focus on macro-financial linkages and regional macroprudential policies. Recent Publications include books (main author) such as “Central America, Panamá and the Dominican Republic: Challenges following the 2008–09 Global Crisis;” and “Macroeconomic Implications of Financial Dollarization: The Case of Uruguay”, and as coauthor of “Reinvigorating Credit Growth in Eastern, Southern, and Eastern European Economies (upcoming in early 2015)”.