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.
Black gold and gold futures are significantly higher after yesterday's rout. Here's what the energy market seems to think will happen: The Fed will cut rates by 75 basis points (maybe even 100, a few think it could be 50). If the cut is as massive as some suspect, the dollar will weaken even further against the Euro and other currencies.
Traders I talked to on the floor of the New York Mercantile Exchange today were rather somber: not because oil futures saw the biggest dollar drop in 17 years but because those who own NYMEX shares watched the stock tank about 10 percent today.
This blog post comes from CNBC energy producer Judy Gee. Today's CPI report revealed energy prices had fallen a half percent in February, which stood in contrast to the 0.7 percent gain in January. In separate data, the Energy Dept. reported that heating oil, natural gas and diesel fuel all rose last month, but retail gasoline on average fell by a penny.
It's certainly a new day in the oil markets when crude supplies can rise more than four times expectations, gasoline inventories have run up to their highest level in about 15 years -- and we're in the midst of a serious economic slowdown -- yet oil prices surge to a new all-time high of $110.20 per barrel on the Nymex floor.
I'm bracing myself for another volatile session in the oil pits. Nymex crude has been testing $109 a barrel this morning -- after a more than $3 swing yesterday from the early morning high near $110, when the dollar fell to an all-time low against the euro, to under $107, after the Fed's move to improve liquidity in the financial markets caused the dollar to rebound.
With plummeting home sales across the country, the opportunity to buy a home with a drastically reduced price tag has risen significantly. But in some markets, even deep discounts aren't aiding in realtors' efforts to move inventory. One example: Detroit, where sales plunged 41 percent in January compared with the year before.
Well, I said you'd expect oil prices to take a breather the day after racing up to nearly $104 -- and by the end of the session futures had in fact retreated more than $4 from the all-time high hit yesterday.