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.
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. As CNBC's senior commodities correspondent, Epperson covered the global energy, metals and commodities markets from the floor of the New York Mercantile Exchange for eight years.
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 USA Weekend, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Self, Essence, Ebony and TIME, where she had covered business, culture, social issues and health as a correspondent prior to joining CNBC.
Epperson 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.
Another record day for oil prices Tuesday, with Nymex crude settling above $100 for the second time in a week. What a run! Oil hit a low of $86 earlier this month and now its trading near $101. Today, we noticed some major similarities and differences with last week's sharp surge...
It was a rather lackluster session in the oil pits today. The bears tried to sell this morning, but didn't manage to build much momentum--and they may not be able to do so for a while. The April oil contract for NYMEX crude came with 30 cents of $100 overnight and settled just 77 cents shy of that triple-digit mark today.
This post is from guest blogger CNBC energy producer Judy Gee.The March oil contract may have gone out like a lion, but the new front-month contract came in like a lamb. The contract for April delivery tested $100 but declined as low as $97 before ultimately settling lower for the first time since the rally took off last week
This post is from guest blogger, CNBC energy producer Judy Gee. The March oil contract tested $100 again before its expiration later today but traders on the floor say the contract to watch is April's. Trading as high as $99.70 earlier in the session, if April moves beyond $100, this bullish market may be here to stay--at least for now.
Venezuela's state-owned oil company PDSVA says it's cutting off supplies to ExxonMobil. Most traders I talk to think it's all talk from President Hugo Chavez while he tries to save face as the legal battle between his country and the oil giant has gone Exxon's favor so far.
Venezuela needs US refineries as much as we need the oil.The bulk of Venezuelan oil into Exxon's U.S. operations goes into its joint venture in Louisiana. Venezuela supplied about 78,000 bpd into the Chalmette refinery in Louisiana last year, according to energy analyst Andy Lipow in Houston.
On Thursday, February 14 after the show join CNBC's Sharon Epperson and The Millionaire Inside money mentors -- Ric Edelman, Carmen Wong Ulrich, John Ulzheimer and Dr. Doug Hirschhorn -- for a live video chat after "The Millionaire Inside: Til Debt Do Us Part."
The energy complex may go into this weekend on a high note. Oil prices have rallied about $3 from yesterday's intraday low. Some traders are telling me it's mostly short-covering, with the bears unable to push prices all the way down to $86.