Weekend Reading: Catch Me If You Can Edition

Catch Me If You Can

I must have seen the movie Catch Me If You Can a dozen times over the years. I loved that Frank Abagnale went to work for the FBI after foiling them for so long passing bad cheques while posing as a pilot, doctor, and lawyer. Recently I came across a Google Talk with Mr. Abagnale, who is still at the FBI heading up their Cyber Crimes division.

He’s a fascinating man. In this hour-long video you’ll learn more about his adolescent life of crime, his redemption as a husband, father, and FBI crime-fighter, and what he sees as the future of cybersecurity over the next five years. Here are some interesting takeaways:

  • New technology coming to market will render passwords obsolete within 24 months.
  • Frank Abagnale never uses a debit card. He says the most secure form of payment is a credit card and that’s because you have zero-liability for any fraudulent activity while also keeping your money safe and secure. People who have had their debit card compromised can be out thousands of dollars while their bank and authorities investigate their case. With a credit card, simply cancel the card and have a new one sent to you within a few days.
  • Abagnale highly encourages co-signing or guaranteeing a credit card for your college-age children to help them build credit, keep tabs on their spending, and teach them about responsible credit use.

Here’s the video in its entirety:

This Week’s Recap:

On Wednesday I wrote about sh*t my advisor says as a way to capture some of the sad rebuttals my clients get when they want to break up with their advisors.

Next week I’ll look at the difference between financial advice and investment advice. Most people need the former, but think they want the latter.

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Weekend Reading:

Budgeting apps like Mint require access to your banking information. Is it safe to use?

Rob Carrick explains why the savvier you are with money, the harder it will be for your family to make sense of your finances if you get sick or die suddenly.

Behavioural economist Shlomo Benartzi stresses the importance of trying new things to save a lot of money and discover your true preferences.

I’m a sucker for behavioural finance articles and this one gives you four ways to trick your brain into saving more.

People who saved enough money to travel for weeks or years say a ‘mini-retirement’ is just as rewarding as early retirement.

Here’s the Toronto Star’s Ellen Roseman on why planning can help you to make sure your retirement savings will last.

New research finds that when hedge fund managers pitch a stock at investment conferences and seminars, they end up selling that stock within the first quarter after praising it.

Young voices from the housing market discuss how their financial lives centre around the costs of their home:

“My wife and I have virtually ruled out the option of owning a home in Toronto. We are fortunate to live in a nice apartment with cheap rent in a desirable neighbourhood close to downtown. We want to maintain our professional mobility and the option of moving abroad or to a different city for work without being bogged down by a massive mortgage and we feel homes in Toronto are not materially and physically worth what they cost.”

The newly redesigned Canadian Couch Potato blog has a new podcast this week as Dan interviews real estate expert Ben Rabidoux.

History is riddled with investor after investor who couldn’t quit while they were ahead and eventually ended in ruin. Here’s why it can happen to anyone.

A Wealth of Common Sense blogger Ben Carlson explains why stocks generally go up over time.

Larry Swedroe smartly tackles some criticisms of passive investing:

“As sure as the sun rises in the east, the proponents of active management will continue to attack passive investing. The reason is simple: It threatens their livelihood. Thus, their behavior should not come as a surprise.”

RBC and WestJet have partnered on a new loyalty program called Ampli in hopes of winning over disgruntled Aeroplan users.

An insane look inside the offshore tax scheme that left iconic Olympian Donovan Bailey owing nearly $2.3 million in unpaid taxes.

Finally, an article that hit close to home for me at this time of year – How working parents can manage the demands of school-age kids.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, everyone!

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  1. Sarah on June 17, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    Really interesting reading this week! Thanks, Robb!

  2. The Curious Frugal on June 17, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    I love that movie! He’s such an interesting character/human. Looking forward to reading those behavioral finance articles.

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