Can I retire at age 40 with 485,000?

Use the below retirement simulation to view the chances of a successful retirement.
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About Your Retirement ?
Current Age
Retirement Age
Current Savings $
Annual Deposits $
Annual Withdrawals $
Stock market crash:
Portfolio ?
% in Stocks:
% in Bonds:
% in Cash:
Modify Stock Returns:
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Modify Bond Returns:
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Modify Cash Returns:
0%
Modify Inflation:
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How much money do I need to retire?

This retirement calculator runs simulations based on past data from the S&P 500, 10 Year Treasury Bond, 3 month T-Bill, and US inflation. For each year of each simulation, a random return and inflation amount is chosen.

How to use: Enter your current age and the age when you retire. Then enter your current savings, the amount that you can save annually before you retire, and the amount that you plan to withdraw after retirement. Your annual deposits and withdrawals take inflation into account. For example, if you need $50,000 to live on in retirement using today's dollars, we will automatically take into account the cost of living for your retirement years. The same is true for your annual deposits. Next, decide if you'd like to simulate a stock market crash.

In the portfolio section, choose the makeup of your portfolio with stocks, bonds, and cash. Cash assumes that your money is stored in a savings account. You can then alter the future returns and inflation. For example, if the market has historically returned about 10%, but you think the future will be worse, modify the stock returns by -3%, and the future returns will average out to 7%. Investment fees can also lower stock market returns. Many index funds and ETFs offer extremely low fees and expenses.

Many people receive income in retirement, such as social security, pension plans, part time jobs, annuities, and other benefits. This would allow you to take out smaller distributions every year. Please note that taxes must also be considered, but are not used in this simulation. A 401k, Roth IRA, and Traditional IRA are taxed differently than a standard investment account, as are dividends.

Note: This assumes that the future is at least somewhat like the past. In reality, anything could happen. The Soviet Union collapsed, Japan's Nikkei Index is still well below its 1989 peak. Numerous other markets have changed drastically and never recovered. However, this online tool is helpful in retirement planning and estimating how much you might need for retirement, especially those hoping to retire early. We recommend receiving advice from a financial planner.

Want to retire with $485,000?

Depending on your rate of return and investment timeframe, you'll need to save this amount every month.
2%4%6%8%10%11.5%
1 years$40,051$39,694$39,346$39,006$38,675$38,431
2 years$19,827$19,458$19,100$18,753$18,416$18,171
3 years$13,087$12,716$12,359$12,015$11,684$11,444
4 years$9,717$9,348$8,994$8,656$8,333$8,100
5 years$7,696$7,329$6,980$6,649$6,335$6,110
6 years$6,349$5,984$5,641$5,317$5,013$4,796
7 years$5,387$5,026$4,687$4,372$4,077$3,868
8 years$4,666$4,308$3,975$3,667$3,382$3,182
9 years$4,106$3,751$3,424$3,124$2,848$2,657
10 years$3,658$3,306$2,985$2,693$2,427$2,243
11 years$3,291$2,943$2,628$2,343$2,087$1,912
12 years$2,986$2,642$2,332$2,055$1,809$1,642
13 years$2,728$2,387$2,084$1,815$1,577$1,418
14 years$2,507$2,170$1,872$1,611$1,382$1,231
15 years$2,316$1,982$1,690$1,437$1,217$1,073
16 years$2,149$1,819$1,533$1,286$1,076$939
17 years$2,001$1,675$1,395$1,156$954$824
18 years$1,870$1,548$1,273$1,042$848$725
19 years$1,753$1,434$1,165$941$756$640
20 years$1,648$1,333$1,070$852$675$565
21 years$1,553$1,242$984$774$604$500
22 years$1,467$1,159$907$703$542$443
23 years$1,388$1,084$837$641$486$394
24 years$1,317$1,016$774$584$437$350
25 years$1,250$953$717$534$393$311
26 years$1,189$896$665$488$354$277
27 years$1,133$843$618$447$319$247
28 years$1,081$794$574$409$288$220
29 years$1,032$749$534$375$260$196
30 years$987$708$498$344$235$175
31 years$945$669$464$316$213$157
32 years$906$633$433$291$192$140
33 years$869$600$404$267$174$125
34 years$834$568$378$246$158$112
35 years$801$539$353$226$143$100
36 years$770$512$330$208$129$90
37 years$741$486$309$192$117$80
38 years$714$462$290$177$106$72
39 years$688$439$271$163$96$64
40 years$663$418$254$151$87$58
41 years$640$398$238$139$79$52
42 years$617$379$224$128$72$46
43 years$596$361$210$118$65$41
44 years$576$344$197$109$59$37
45 years$557$328$185$101$54$33
46 years$539$313$174$93$49$30
47 years$521$299$163$86$44$27
48 years$505$285$153$80$40$24
49 years$489$272$144$74$37$21
50 years$474$260$136$68$33$19

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 40 starting with $485,000, adding $3,659 every year, while hoping to spend $48,085 every year in retirement. These numbers increase with inflation.
Reality usually performs much different than the expected returns. This uses historical averages, but anything can happen. In general, riskier investments have greater returns on average, but more volatility in the short term.
Age Total: 100% Stocks Total: 100% Bonds Total: 100% Cash Total: 65/27/8 Blend
39$485,000$485,000$485,000$485,000
40$538,244$512,539$505,022$572,156
41$541,983$486,492$470,778$569,141
42$544,492$457,556$433,775$559,816
43$545,594$425,540$393,871$548,375
44$545,094$390,241$350,915$534,608
45$542,774$351,443$304,751$518,286
46$538,393$308,920$255,216$499,159
47$531,683$262,431$202,140$476,952
48$522,347$211,723$145,344$451,366
49$510,057$156,528$84,644$422,076
50$494,448$96,563$19,844$388,724
51$475,116$31,529$0$350,919
52$451,615$0$0$312,443
53$423,450$0$0$282,258
54$390,073$0$0$257,687
55$350,881$0$0$228,929
56$305,203$0$0$195,504
57$252,299$0$0$156,882
58$191,353$0$0$112,475
59$121,459$0$0$61,635
60$41,620$0$0$3,647
61$0$0$0$0
62$0$0$0$0
63$0$0$0$0
64$0$0$0$0
65$0$0$0$0
66$0$0$0$0
67$0$0$0$0
68$0$0$0$0
69$0$0$0$0
70$0$0$0$0
71$0$0$0$0
72$0$0$0$0
73$0$0$0$0
74$0$0$0$0
75$0$0$0$0
76$0$0$0$0
77$0$0$0$0
78$0$0$0$0
79$0$0$0$0
80$0$0$0$0
81$0$0$0$0
82$0$0$0$0
83$0$0$0$0
84$0$0$0$0
85$0$0$0$0
86$0$0$0$0
87$0$0$0$0
88$0$0$0$0
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90$0$0$0$0
91$0$0$0$0
92$0$0$0$0
93$0$0$0$0
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95$0$0$0$0
96$0$0$0$0
97$0$0$0$0
98$0$0$0$0
99$0$0$0$0
100$0$0$0$0