The 350,000 square feet of land (including the 160,000 square foot store) may fetch $100 million and get turned into more condominiums.
“Honest Ed’s … inception came at the time when merchants were notoriously unscrupulous.” --- Toronto Star todayHow did Ed Mirvish start Honest Ed’s? It’s difficult to know. A common story is that he cashed in his wife Anne’s life insurance for $212. That’s $2,210 in today’s dollars (according to an inflation calculator from the Bank of Canada). Neither amount is big. Sometimes a little is enough. Maybe Ed was unable to get money from the banks and wanted to avoid loan sharks.
His father died when Ed was only 15 (the Cake Boss was 17 when he lost his dad). Neither father had life insurance. Like the Cake Boss, Ed left school and started working to support the family. Ed died in 2007 just days away from his 93rd birthday. There’s no telling how much life insurance he had.
“buy term and invest the difference” because you might buy term and spend the difference.
You can access your equity in your permanent insurance by
- “surrendering” your policy for the cash value, as Ed did (which can have tax implications)
- borrowing from your policy via a policy loan (Walt Disney did this (Investopedia, Dec 2011) to help raise money for Disneyland)
HybridSome purchases give you more than one benefit. Ed converted life insurance protection into cash. That’s not possible with term coverage. He turned that cash into retail income and real estate. That’s not possible by renting.
What will happen to the Honest Ed’s location? How about a Walmart or Target with condos above? You cam still shop till you drop and then take the elevator home.
- Honest Ed’s website
- Ed Mirvish (Canadiana Connection, Aug 2012)
- Iconic Honest Ed’s store has quietly been put up for sale (National Post, Jul 16, 2013) [nice photos]
- How Pink Floyd’s insights on mortality help you
- The best tax-sheltering in Canada
- Two drawbacks of investing in life insurance
- $1,000,000 after taxes on the investment growth
- How to afford the insurance you need
- The four steps in wealth management
- image courtesy of theMatthewBlack
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