is a police officer in Lexington, Kentucky. He is a noted author on thermal imaging technology, but has a passion for personal finance and helping people spend money wisely. He has a bachelor's degree in business economics and international relations (commerce emphasis), and paid for several Spring Break trips by "buying low and selling high." He is still a cop by trade, so his suggestions and comments are not intended as formal tax, financial or accounting advice. Consult paid professionals if you need formal guidance. Jonathan Bastian
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