Michelle Singletary
Michelle Singletary
Columnist

Michelle Singletary writes the nationally syndicated personal finance column, “The Color of Money,” which appears in The Post on Wednesday and Sunday. Her award-winning column is syndicated by The Washington Post Writer’s Group and is carried in more than 100 newspapers. In 2010, she released her third personal finance book, “The Power To Prosper: 21 Days to Financial Freedom.” She has been a personal finance contributor for MSNBC, NPR and ABC’s daily talk show, “The Revolution.” For two seasons she hosted “Singletary Says” on TV One. In her spare time, Singletary is the director of a ministry she founded at her church, in which women and men volunteer to mentor others who are having financial challenges. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park. She has received the Distinguished Alumni Award from The Johns Hopkins University, where she earned a master’s degree in business and management.

Latest Columns

Reverse mortgages no fast ticket to retirement easy street

Reverse mortgages no fast ticket to retirement easy street

The loans can help retirees strapped for cash, but borrowers need to be careful.

A secured credit card can help to establish or mend credit

A secured credit card can help to establish or mend credit

This method is good for those who have never built credit or are rebuilding credit after adverse events.

Paying off today’s debts boosts your retirement tomorrow

Paying off today’s debts boosts your retirement tomorrow

Retirement planning includes setting yourself up to have the least amount of debt and expenses possible.

Best way to fix your credit? Pay your bills on time

Best way to fix your credit? Pay your bills on time

Another effective way to improve your credit score is to pay down your debt.

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Latest Newsletters

Another assault on Ray Rice’s wife

Another assault on Ray Rice’s wife

Rightfully, we’ve been focused on what Ray Rice did to his then-fiancée. But not enough attention is being given to the assault on Janay Rice on two other fronts.

A bet you can win and lose

A bet you can win and lose

Web sites let you gamble to lose weight. Also: the iPhone 6 and college degrees that underpay.

Challenge college students about degrees that underpay

Challenge college students about degrees that underpay

Liberal arts and business majors are more likely to say they’re underemployed.

Get out of the office

Get out of the office

About 40 percent of Americans may have a “work martyr complex,” a survey shows.

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The Latest Mailbags

Paying down debt amid credit score concerns

Couple wonders whether closing a few credit accounts will pose a problem when going after a car loan.

When is it time to let go of that old car?

Their 16-year-old car got towed to the impound lot. They wonder if it’s worth the expense to retrieve it.

Michelle Singletary answers questions about shutdown

Michelle Singletary answers questions about shutdown

The Color of Money columnist responds to furloughed workers’ concerns.

Who’s a Real Free-Loader Sibling?

A reader reminds us that sometimes a sibling is sacrificing more than we realize by caring for elderly parents.

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Color of Money Live (Sept. 24)

Post columnist Michelle Singletary offers her advice and answers your questions.

Color of Money Live (Sept. 18)

Post columnist Michelle Singletary offered her advice and answers your questions.

Color of Money Live (Sept. 11)

Post columnist Michelle Singletary offered her advice and answers your questions.

Color of Money Live (Sept. 4)

Post columnist Michelle Singletary offered her advice and answers your questions.

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