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.
This is the first of three posts today from guest blogger Tom Kloza. Tom is Chief Oil Analyst at OPIS (Oil Price Information Service) and has his own blog. He has been writing about downstream oil markets since 1975 and was among the founders of OPIS over 25 years ago.
Today's NYMEX trading session may prove to be one of the most critical of the year. There is the distinct possibility that key "magic numbers" that have bracketed the most recent leg of the crude oil price rally will be approached in a highly volatile Wednesday session.
Another round of supply fears helped keep oil in record territory, after prices in electronic trading hit a new all-time high: just 7 cents shy of $120 a barrel. The markets reacted to "expected" supply disruptions in Nigeria to the North Sea, despite already having priced it in last week.
It’s a harbinger of the new energy and possibly even a new social paradigm. Millions of Americans are facing energy shut-offs of basic heating and electricity services because they have fallen behind their utility bills, the New York Times usefully reported Friday in a story that deserved front page play rather than on page 16.
I've been asked to talk about gas prices a lot lately. The outlook is a bit disturbing and has many folks trying to figure out ways to bike, hike, walk or run--anything but drive--to their destinations.
Natural gas futures are the strongest part of the energy complex again today. Despite oil prices hitting new highs on a daily basis, gains in natural gas futures are nearly double crude so far this year.
"It's like a comet that just keeps soaring" is how one floor trader described oil's historic rise to nearly touch $114 a barrel for the first time ever this morning. Energy futures on both sides of the Atlantic hit new records on some serious supply concerns and surging overseas demand.
It's nearly 75 degrees in New York today, the sun is shining and it certainly feels like spring is here. Yet, heating oil prices at the NYMEX continue to set new records , climbing past $3.32 a gallon this morning, and settling at $3.19.