Michelle Singletary

Washington, D.C.

Personal finance columnist

Education: University of Maryland; Johns Hopkins University

Michelle Singletary writes the nationally syndicated personal finance column “The Color of Money,” which appears in The Washington Post on Wednesdays and Sundays. If you have a personal finance question for Singletary, please call 1-855-ASK-POST (1-855-275-7678). Her award-winning column is syndicated by The Washington Post News Service and Syndicate and is carried in dozens of newspapers nationwide. In 2021, she won the Gerald Loeb award for commentary. She has written four personal finance books, including, “What to Do With Your Money When Crisis Hits: A Survival Guide” and “The 21-Day Finan
Latest from Michelle Singletary

Frustrated over canceling a subscription? Relief may be coming.

The Federal Trade Commission is proposing a new “click to cancel” rule to help consumers get out of hard-to-stop free trials, auto-renewals and subscriptions.

March 24, 2023

    Here’s why it may be time to break up with your bank

    The Federal Reserve has signaled that more interest rate hikes are coming to control inflation. If you're a saver, that means earning more on the money you've parked at a bank. Here's why the time might be right to move your savings to a new bank.

    March 22, 2023

    7 ways to lower your credit card debt after the Fed rate hike

    The Federal Reserve interest rate hike will make credit card debt more expensive.

    March 22, 2023

    Filed an amended tax return with the IRS? You have a 20-week wait.

    The system to process amended returns at the IRS is slow-moving. But if you find you owe, Uncle Sam, pay by the tax due date.

    March 22, 2023
    • Perspective

    Where do you stand financially? Get a score on this quiz — and our advice.

    Recession, inflation, mortgage rates and gas prices: Answer these questions to see how these major economic factors will impact your life.

    March 18, 2023

    Banking news, stock market lurches got you jittery? Here’s some advice

    Financial experts provide advice on the stock market's wild swings. Here’s what they advise for various investors.

    March 17, 2023

      Should my spouse and I file jointly or separately?

      Personal finance columnist Michelle Singletary answered readers' questions on tax-filing extensions, tax bills, and if couples should file joint returns or not.

      March 17, 2023

      Consumers rip into credit bureaus as complaints climb again

      Grievances against TransUnion, Equifax and Experian dominated Consumer Financial Protection Bureau complaints in 2022.

      March 17, 2023

      Four money rules when financial news is making you nervous

      Bank failures. Higher interest rates. High inflation. All this can make you lose your financial balance. But panicking can make things worse.

      March 15, 2023

        Is your money safe? Here’s what deposit insurance covers.

        The closing of Silicon Valley Bank may have you wondering about FDIC protection. Here’s what you need to know.

        March 10, 2023