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 hosts the weekly series "Retire Well" on CNBC Digital. She also 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.
She is an adjunct professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and School of International and Public Affairs. She also enjoys teaching the importance of budgeting and building long-term savings as part of her courses 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.
Sizzling hot temperatures around the country are driving up natural gas and electricity demand, with air-conditioners and generators in overdrive in the 100-plus degree heat. But futures traders, who didn't bet on this intense heat a week ago, missed the wave, reports CNBC Senior Energy Correspondent Sharon Epperson.
Gold prices have plunged $25 this session as conciliatory sounds on the debt ceiling debate have prompted cautious traders and investors to take profits.
Gold is at a new high above $1,585 an ounce, silver surged more than 7 percent to its highest price in six weeks, and U.S. oil prices are nearing triple-digit territory again. It's a momentum trader's dream, and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has been a key driver.
August Brent crude futures, while down nearly 1 percent from Monday’s close, remain solidly above $115 a barrel and mirror the relative strength of the OPEC basket price.
The dollar is rising and gold has been gaining too. What's going on? The greenback and gold are usually inversely correlated, so when the dollar goes up, gold goes down and vice versa. But not today—and that highlights the gravity of sovereign debt concerns and worries about the value global currencies, not just the greenback.
Monday's 2 percent slide in U.S. oil futures reflects concerns about weakness in the global economy, traders say. So why are Brent crude prices basically unchanged?