If This Bubble Don’t Burst, It’s Going To Be Scary

"It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them.  They went out and happened to things."  – Leonardo da Vinci Brace yourself, because this blog post could hurt a little. Let me start here: I’m writing this on Monday morning (Halloween), and the Occupy Wall Street folks are … Read More

R MendenIf This Bubble Don’t Burst, It’s Going To Be Scary

Shakopee Accountant Reports On: “Living In a Material World”

"Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough." -Charles Dudley Warner There was a recent "Freakonomics" podcast about the folly of prediction. Fascinating stuff — and (predictably) one of the most valuable conclusions? The experts are usually wrong. When you study how experts make opinions and, more importantly, the characteristics of those who make GOOD predictions, … Read More

R MendenShakopee Accountant Reports On: “Living In a Material World”

Shakopee Accountant Asks: “I’m Not Lying–Are You?”

“Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.” – William Feather Now that “extension season” has all been about wrapped up, we’re able to breathe a little easier around here at Team Menden. And one of the things we’ll be focusing on, next, is how to maximize YOUR tax savings for 2011. We’re … Read More

R MendenShakopee Accountant Asks: “I’m Not Lying–Are You?”

Deadlines And Mistakes

"The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear." -Socrates I’m continuing my (well-received — thank you!) series on hidden financial mistakes this week. But first a few reminders for you: 1) "Extension friends" (that means the ones who filed for one in April, or earlier): we’re coming down to the wire … Read More

R MendenDeadlines And Mistakes

Shakopee Accountant Reports On: “Financial Mistakes Hardly Anyone Talks About”

"The men who succeed are the efficient few. They are the few who have the ambition and will power to develop themselves." – Robert Burton In the course of our daily work around here, we not only work with numbers a LOT … but we also get a regular course on how people (our clients, mostly) *think* about those numbers. … Read More

R MendenShakopee Accountant Reports On: “Financial Mistakes Hardly Anyone Talks About”

Shakopee Tax Professional’s: “Back-of-the-Napkin Financial Principles Even *I* Use”

"The game of life is not so much in holding a good hand as playing a poor hand well." – H. T. Leslie Meeting with clients this past week (and the week before) has been a blast. No — really! And yes, I know, I should get out more. The reason we enjoy doing this (especially this time of year), … Read More

R MendenShakopee Tax Professional’s: “Back-of-the-Napkin Financial Principles Even *I* Use”

Shakopee Tax Professional Answers, “How Warren Buffett Did It”

“Fortune favors the bold.” – Virgil Ah, sweet May. I love it. The birds are chirping and the flowers are blooming. Once the weather begins to get warmer, you see people start thinking about summer and, of course, they want to lose weight to look good in their bathing suits. Why do so many wait until it gets warmer until … Read More

R MendenShakopee Tax Professional Answers, “How Warren Buffett Did It”