As CNBC's senior personal finance correspondent, Sharon Epperson covers the many facets of how people manage, grow and protect their money. Her expertise includes saving and investing for retirement, paying for college, managing mortgage, student loan, credit card and other debt, and building a financial legacy through estate planning.
Epperson was named one of the "Best Personal Finance Experts of 2014." In addition to reporting for CNBC and CNBC.com, she appears regularly on the syndicated program On the Money and Public Television's Nightly Business Report. Both shows are produced by CNBC. Epperson is also a regular contributor on NBC's Today, NBC Nightly News, MSNBC and NBC affiliates nationwide.
Her book, The Big Payoff: 8 Steps Couples Can Take to Make the Most of Their Money-and Live Richly Ever After, was a finalist for the Books for a Better Life Awards, honoring works that have "changed the lives of millions." She also was a contributing writer for The Experts' Guide to Doing Things Faster.
Her personal finance expertise has been featured in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, USA Weekend, Self, Essence, Ebony and TIME, where she had covered business, culture, social issues and health as a correspondent prior to joining CNBC.
She is the winner of the Alliance for Women in Media's 2014 Gracie Award for Outstanding Online Host for her "Financial Advisor Playbook" video series on CNBC.com. She has received the Vanguard Award for her distinguished career in business and personal finance reporting from the National Urban League Guild, and the All-Star Award from the Association of Women in Communications. She also has won awards from the New York Festivals, the New York Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists.
She is committed to improving financial literacy, particularly in underserved communities. She has been invited to the White House to speak about financial literacy and to moderate a public meeting of the President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability at the U.S. Treasury Department. She also speaks frequently at conferences and events for local and national organizations, colleges and universities about many facets of personal finance.
An adjunct professor at Columbia University's School of International Public Affairs for more than a decade, Epperson enjoys teaching the importance of budgeting and building long-term savings as part of her course on professional development for graduate students interested in media careers.
Epperson received her bachelor's in sociology and government from Harvard University and a master's of international affairs degree from Columbia University. A Pittsburgh native, Epperson lives with her husband and two children in Westchester County, N.Y.
With many Baby Boomers' retirement accounts decimated in the aftermath of the financial crisis, federal officials have been exploring ways to make sure American workers don't outlive their savings. Annuities inside a 401(k) plan may be one alternative.
Gold prices fell to a 3-month low Tuesday and are down 6 percent this year, as the precious metal has plunged $50 in just the past 5 sessions.
A major pipeline carrying 11 percent of U.S. crude oil production has been shut for three days and yet U.S. oil prices never even rose to $90 a barrel today. Why aren't oil prices rallying more sharply after the closure of the Alaska pipeline?
The shut down of a major Alaskan pipeline responsible for nearly 10 percent of US crude oil output for a second day has resulted in another black-eye for BP, many analysts say, but it could also have ramifications for other oil producers as well as crude oil prices in the days and weeks ahead.
Next week could prove to be another difficult one for commodity bulls. So far in 2011, we certainly have haven't seen the same upward momentum we saw in commodities in the last few months of last year.
The risk trade is definitely off Tuesday. Volatility has exploded as traders take profits. Bears are firmly in control at the start of 2011, as some traders may see the market as having come too far, too fast. Some see a seasonal pattern; a technical correction; and then there's market sentiment. (Updated)
Oil prices are at their highest level in 27 months. But for long-term investors, putting your money on oil futures may not reward you even if oil prices continue to rise.