Can I retire at age 40 with 500,000?

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:
0%
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 $500,000?

Depending on your rate of return and investment timeframe, you'll need to save this amount every month.
2%4%6%8%10%17.5%
1 years$41,290$40,922$40,563$40,213$39,871$38,656
2 years$20,440$20,060$19,691$19,333$18,986$17,773
3 years$13,492$13,109$12,741$12,387$12,046$10,872
4 years$10,018$9,637$9,272$8,924$8,591$7,466
5 years$7,934$7,555$7,196$6,855$6,531$5,457
6 years$6,545$6,169$5,815$5,482$5,168$4,146
7 years$5,554$5,181$4,832$4,507$4,203$3,233
8 years$4,811$4,441$4,098$3,781$3,486$2,569
9 years$4,233$3,867$3,530$3,220$2,936$2,069
10 years$3,771$3,408$3,077$2,776$2,502$1,684
11 years$3,393$3,034$2,709$2,416$2,152$1,382
12 years$3,079$2,723$2,404$2,119$1,864$1,142
13 years$2,813$2,461$2,148$1,871$1,626$948
14 years$2,585$2,237$1,930$1,661$1,425$790
15 years$2,388$2,044$1,743$1,481$1,255$661
16 years$2,215$1,875$1,580$1,326$1,109$554
17 years$2,063$1,727$1,438$1,191$983$466
18 years$1,928$1,596$1,312$1,074$874$393
19 years$1,808$1,479$1,202$970$779$331
20 years$1,699$1,374$1,103$879$696$280
21 years$1,601$1,280$1,014$798$623$237
22 years$1,512$1,195$935$725$558$200
23 years$1,431$1,118$863$660$501$170
24 years$1,357$1,047$798$602$451$144
25 years$1,289$983$739$550$405$122
26 years$1,226$923$686$503$365$104
27 years$1,168$869$637$460$329$88
28 years$1,114$819$592$422$297$75
29 years$1,064$773$551$387$268$64
30 years$1,018$730$513$355$242$54
31 years$974$690$478$326$219$46
32 years$934$653$446$300$198$39
33 years$895$618$417$276$179$33
34 years$860$586$389$254$162$28
35 years$826$556$364$233$147$24
36 years$794$527$341$215$133$20
37 years$764$501$319$198$121$17
38 years$736$476$298$183$110$15
39 years$709$453$280$168$99$13
40 years$684$431$262$155$90$11
41 years$659$410$246$143$82$9
42 years$637$390$231$132$74$8
43 years$615$372$216$122$67$7
44 years$594$355$203$113$61$6
45 years$574$338$191$104$55$5
46 years$555$323$179$96$50$4
47 years$538$308$168$89$46$3
48 years$520$294$158$82$42$3
49 years$504$281$149$76$38$3
50 years$488$268$140$70$34$2

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 40 starting with $500,000, adding $4,062 every year, while hoping to spend $29,366 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: 60/21/19 Blend
39$500,000$500,000$500,000$500,000
40$555,190$528,690$520,940$585,525
41$580,574$523,351$507,146$601,183
42$607,563$516,765$491,906$614,661
43$636,290$508,842$475,140$628,697
44$666,900$499,484$456,766$643,348
45$699,552$488,586$436,695$658,680
46$734,420$476,041$414,838$674,766
47$771,695$461,731$391,100$691,688
48$811,587$445,535$365,381$709,538
49$854,324$427,322$337,577$728,420
50$900,160$406,955$307,580$748,448
51$949,370$384,290$275,278$769,751
52$1,002,257$359,171$240,551$792,472
53$1,059,154$331,438$203,277$816,771
54$1,120,427$300,917$163,325$842,828
55$1,186,477$267,428$120,563$870,840
56$1,257,744$230,779$74,849$901,030
57$1,334,714$190,767$26,035$933,645
58$1,417,917$147,177$0$968,959
59$1,507,940$99,784$0$1,012,560
60$1,605,425$48,349$0$1,065,483
61$1,711,080$0$0$1,122,855
62$1,825,681$0$0$1,186,836
63$1,950,084$0$0$1,268,452
64$2,085,228$0$0$1,357,150
65$2,232,149$0$0$1,453,613
66$2,391,984$0$0$1,558,594
67$2,565,985$0$0$1,672,919
68$2,755,529$0$0$1,797,499
69$2,962,133$0$0$1,933,336
70$3,187,466$0$0$2,081,531
71$3,433,363$0$0$2,243,298
72$3,701,845$0$0$2,419,973
73$3,995,139$0$0$2,613,027
74$4,315,694$0$0$2,824,078
75$4,666,206$0$0$3,054,909
76$5,049,645$0$0$3,307,482
77$5,469,281$0$0$3,583,958
78$5,928,714$0$0$3,886,716
79$6,431,908$0$0$4,218,378
80$6,983,229$0$0$4,581,828
81$7,587,487$0$0$4,980,245
82$8,249,975$0$0$5,417,130
83$8,976,528$0$0$5,896,337
84$9,773,567$0$0$6,422,113
85$10,648,171$0$0$6,999,135
86$11,608,131$0$0$7,632,555
87$12,662,033$0$0$8,328,049
88$13,819,334$0$0$9,091,868
89$15,090,452$0$0$9,930,898
90$16,486,862$0$0$10,852,727
91$18,021,208$0$0$11,865,713
92$19,707,416$0$0$12,979,061
93$21,560,832$0$0$14,202,918
94$23,598,358$0$0$15,548,457
95$25,838,619$0$0$17,027,993
96$28,302,133$0$0$18,655,088
97$31,011,507$0$0$20,444,691
98$33,991,648$0$0$22,413,266
99$37,269,997$0$0$24,578,957
100$40,876,791$0$0$26,961,754