My name is Mark Goodfield. Welcome to The Blunt Bean Counter ™, a blog that shares my thoughts on income taxes, finance and the psychology of money. I am a Chartered Professional Accountant and a partner with a National Accounting Firm in Toronto. This blog is meant for everyone, but in particular for high net worth individuals and owners of private corporations. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are written solely in my personal capacity and cannot be attributed to the accounting firm with which I am affiliated. My posts are blunt, opinionated and even have a twist of humor/sarcasm. You've been warned.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Let's See Where This Goes

Why the blunt bean counter? Because I am blunt! I hear it from my clients, I hear it from my friends and I hear it from family. My clients tell me my bluntness is both my best and worst attribute. However, that is me, and although with old age I have toned it down, it is still the way I am.

I am an accountant, but not a classic bean counter. I have tried to move away from being a bean counter every step of the way. I quickly switched from counting beans to calculating tax and then I happily became managing partner and moved into quarterbacking our clients’ wealth management advisors. But I can’t hide from it, I am an accountant.

Why a blog? I always wanted to write. My chiropractor, and published author, Dr. Elaine Dembe (Passionate Longevity, Use the Good Dishes and Aging Smart) encouraged me to write a book when she discovered I had an outline in my head back in the early 1990’s. And, based on the proliferation of useless accounting and finance books, I probably should have heeded her advice.

My intention in writing this blog is to discuss accounting, tax and wealth management issues. It should be noted that Chartered Accountants cannot provide investment advice, so the discussion will not advise on whether to buy Nogold Mines Inc. (although my own portfolio holds several stocks similar to Cow Pasture Inc.). However, to keep myself and any readers besides my mom interested, I intend to cover whatever is on my mind from sports and business to restaurants, music and what have you. All blogs are subject to the censorship of an editor, appointed by my partners who fear what will come out of my mouth… or at least my computer keyboard.

That’s it for today; I will start this up and see where it goes tomorrow.

The blogs posted on The Blunt Bean Counter provide information of a general nature. These posts should not be considered specific advice; as each reader's personal financial situation is unique and fact specific. Please contact a professional advisor prior to implementing or acting upon any of the information contained in one of the blogs.

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