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Dave Ramsey: My wife and I have just started getting on track with our money. We have $2,000 in savings, and the only debt we have is our house and two cars. I work in the oil and gas industry and make about $180,000 a year, but things are pretty volatile right now. We’re upside down on both vehicles, and we owe $39,000 on one and about $48,000 on the other. Under the circumstances, should we go ahead and build a fully funded emergency fund or work on paying off the cars?
Dave Ramsey: My wife and I are on Baby Step 3 of your plan. We’re also saving up to buy a car with cash. We’re about $3,000 away from our goal, but now my wife wants to go ahead and finance the rest. She has started wondering what the difference is in borrowing to buy a car and borrowing to buy a house.
Three women - Denise Uzzelle, Joanna Schwartz, and Ashton Sweitzer - competed to win a $10,000 bonus in the nationwide "Know Your Value" tour that was opened recently in Philadelphia by Mika Brzezinski, host of MSNBC's Morning Joe.
The Street: Although less confident than men about investing, women are far wiser at investing than they are aware of .
Bank error necessitates filing an amended return.
A local money manager must pay $48 million in damages to an Ambler couple who said he placed their money in unsuitable, illiquid investments such as a Polish tobacco company and turbine-engine makers in Tunisia.
Dave Ramsey: I got a department store credit card, using my real age at the time, when I was 17. I ran up a debt of $150, and the balance has grown to over $350. This was 10 or 12 years ago, but a debt collection agency started calling again the other day wanting the money. Hasn’t the statute of limitations run out by now? What should I do?
The Street: With mortgage rates near two-year lows, many homeowners might be considering refinancing their mortgages. That's OK, but be careful about it, and consider whether you need to buy some time.
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - Ferdinand Piech, chairman of the board of Volkswagen AG and a major figure in the German auto industry, has stepped down after clashing with other board members over his criticism of the company's CEO.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - For decades, farmers have routinely fed antibiotics to livestock to fatten up the animals and protect them from illnesses amplified by confined conditions.
NEW YORK (AP) - In a story April 23 about Amazon, The Associated Press reported erroneously that its quarterly revenues came in below analysts' estimates. They came in above analysts' estimates.
RIGA, Latvia (AP) - European creditors turned up the heat on Greece Friday to deliver an economic reform program that it needs to avoid a possible default and even an exit from the euro.
NEW YORK (AP) - Roger Goodell says the two stadium projects in the Los Angeles area look promising enough to lead to the return of the NFL to the nation's second-largest city.
NEW YORK (AP) - Roger Goodell says the two stadium projects in the Los Angeles area look promising enough to lead to the return of the NFL to the nation's second-largest city.
American Airlines Group Inc. says it will delay delivery of five Boeing 787 jets in response to slower growth in international travel demand.
NEW YORK (AP) - Abercrombie & Fitch is saying goodbye to the beefcake models who greet customers at its doors.
The Street: Do you want a $300 bonus from your bank - or even from another bank? Easy - just open up a checking account at the right time.

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