Can I retire at age 45 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%19.8%
1 years$41,290$40,922$40,563$40,213$39,871$38,304
2 years$20,440$20,060$19,691$19,333$18,986$17,427
3 years$13,492$13,109$12,741$12,387$12,046$10,543
4 years$10,018$9,637$9,272$8,924$8,591$7,156
5 years$7,934$7,555$7,196$6,855$6,531$5,168
6 years$6,545$6,169$5,815$5,482$5,168$3,877
7 years$5,554$5,181$4,832$4,507$4,203$2,984
8 years$4,811$4,441$4,098$3,781$3,486$2,339
9 years$4,233$3,867$3,530$3,220$2,936$1,858
10 years$3,771$3,408$3,077$2,776$2,502$1,490
11 years$3,393$3,034$2,709$2,416$2,152$1,205
12 years$3,079$2,723$2,404$2,119$1,864$980
13 years$2,813$2,461$2,148$1,871$1,626$801
14 years$2,585$2,237$1,930$1,661$1,425$657
15 years$2,388$2,044$1,743$1,481$1,255$541
16 years$2,215$1,875$1,580$1,326$1,109$446
17 years$2,063$1,727$1,438$1,191$983$369
18 years$1,928$1,596$1,312$1,074$874$305
19 years$1,808$1,479$1,202$970$779$253
20 years$1,699$1,374$1,103$879$696$210
21 years$1,601$1,280$1,014$798$623$175
22 years$1,512$1,195$935$725$558$145
23 years$1,431$1,118$863$660$501$121
24 years$1,357$1,047$798$602$451$101
25 years$1,289$983$739$550$405$84
26 years$1,226$923$686$503$365$70
27 years$1,168$869$637$460$329$58
28 years$1,114$819$592$422$297$49
29 years$1,064$773$551$387$268$40
30 years$1,018$730$513$355$242$34
31 years$974$690$478$326$219$28
32 years$934$653$446$300$198$23
33 years$895$618$417$276$179$20
34 years$860$586$389$254$162$16
35 years$826$556$364$233$147$14
36 years$794$527$341$215$133$11
37 years$764$501$319$198$121$9
38 years$736$476$298$183$110$8
39 years$709$453$280$168$99$7
40 years$684$431$262$155$90$6
41 years$659$410$246$143$82$5
42 years$637$390$231$132$74$4
43 years$615$372$216$122$67$3
44 years$594$355$203$113$61$3
45 years$574$338$191$104$55$2
46 years$555$323$179$96$50$2
47 years$538$308$168$89$46$2
48 years$520$294$158$82$42$1
49 years$504$281$149$76$38$1
50 years$488$268$140$70$34$1

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 45 starting with $500,000, adding $2,063 every year, while hoping to spend $52,764 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: 46/27/27 Blend
44$500,000$500,000$500,000$500,000
45$553,128$526,628$518,878$574,192
46$553,407$496,292$480,120$558,957
47$551,945$462,702$438,295$537,154
48$548,510$425,641$393,245$512,471
49$542,844$384,883$344,804$484,668
50$534,658$340,187$292,799$453,482
51$523,636$291,298$237,051$418,630
52$509,424$237,949$177,369$379,805
53$491,633$179,856$113,558$336,674
54$469,830$116,719$45,413$288,875
55$443,536$48,222$0$236,018
56$412,223$0$0$185,544
57$375,304$0$0$151,313
58$332,132$0$0$128,201
59$281,991$0$0$101,519
60$224,088$0$0$70,862
61$157,550$0$0$35,786
62$81,409$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
89$0$0$0$0
90$0$0$0$0
91$0$0$0$0
92$0$0$0$0
93$0$0$0$0
94$0$0$0$0
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