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.
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.
You'd expect oil prices to take a bit of a breather after yesterday's record-breaking run that took NYNEX crude oil futures to an all-time high of $103.95/barrel intraday, surpassing the inflation-adjusted record reached more than a quarter century ago.
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.