Can I retire at age 49 with 550,000?

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:
0%
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 $550,000?

Depending on your rate of return and investment timeframe, you'll need to save this amount every month.
2%4%6%8%10%19%
1 years$45,418$45,014$44,619$44,234$43,858$42,268
2 years$22,484$22,066$21,660$21,266$20,885$19,300
3 years$14,841$14,420$14,015$13,626$13,250$11,721
4 years$11,020$10,600$10,200$9,816$9,450$7,988
5 years$8,728$8,311$7,915$7,540$7,184$5,793
6 years$7,200$6,786$6,397$6,030$5,684$4,365
7 years$6,109$5,699$5,316$4,957$4,623$3,375
8 years$5,292$4,885$4,508$4,159$3,835$2,658
9 years$4,656$4,254$3,883$3,542$3,230$2,122
10 years$4,148$3,749$3,385$3,053$2,752$1,711
11 years$3,732$3,338$2,980$2,657$2,367$1,390
12 years$3,386$2,996$2,645$2,331$2,051$1,137
13 years$3,094$2,707$2,363$2,058$1,788$934
14 years$2,843$2,461$2,123$1,827$1,568$771
15 years$2,626$2,248$1,917$1,629$1,380$638
16 years$2,437$2,063$1,738$1,459$1,220$529
17 years$2,270$1,900$1,582$1,311$1,082$440
18 years$2,121$1,755$1,444$1,181$962$367
19 years$1,989$1,627$1,322$1,067$857$306
20 years$1,869$1,512$1,213$967$766$256
21 years$1,762$1,408$1,116$877$685$214
22 years$1,664$1,314$1,028$798$614$179
23 years$1,575$1,229$949$726$551$150
24 years$1,493$1,152$878$663$496$125
25 years$1,418$1,081$813$605$446$105
26 years$1,349$1,016$754$553$402$88
27 years$1,285$956$700$506$362$74
28 years$1,226$901$651$464$327$62
29 years$1,171$850$606$425$295$52
30 years$1,120$803$564$390$267$44
31 years$1,072$759$526$359$241$37
32 years$1,027$718$491$330$218$31
33 years$985$680$458$303$197$26
34 years$946$644$428$279$179$22
35 years$908$611$400$257$162$18
36 years$874$580$375$236$147$15
37 years$841$551$351$218$133$13
38 years$809$524$328$201$120$11
39 years$780$498$308$185$109$9
40 years$752$474$288$171$99$8
41 years$725$451$270$158$90$6
42 years$700$429$254$145$82$5
43 years$676$409$238$134$74$5
44 years$653$390$223$124$67$4
45 years$632$372$210$114$61$3
46 years$611$355$197$106$55$3
47 years$591$339$185$98$50$2
48 years$572$323$174$90$46$2
49 years$554$309$163$83$41$2
50 years$537$295$154$77$38$1

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 49 starting with $550,000, adding $3,105 every year, while hoping to spend $40,237 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: 50/39/11 Blend
48$550,000$550,000$550,000$550,000
49$609,303$580,153$571,628$637,821
50$628,640$565,768$547,965$643,297
51$648,601$549,331$522,162$644,736
52$669,206$530,696$494,103$645,380
53$690,479$509,714$463,669$645,163
54$712,442$486,224$430,735$644,019
55$735,118$460,056$395,172$641,877
56$758,532$431,030$356,842$638,663
57$782,710$398,959$315,604$634,296
58$807,678$363,640$271,309$628,692
59$833,465$324,862$223,802$621,763
60$860,100$282,401$172,920$613,414
61$887,612$236,021$118,495$603,548
62$916,033$185,471$60,350$592,057
63$945,397$130,488$0$578,833
64$975,738$70,792$0$563,957
65$1,007,092$6,089$0$554,680
66$1,039,497$0$0$543,803
67$1,072,992$0$0$558,651
68$1,107,618$0$0$576,704
69$1,143,420$0$0$595,372
70$1,180,442$0$0$614,680
71$1,218,733$0$0$634,652
72$1,258,343$0$0$655,316
73$1,299,325$0$0$676,699
74$1,341,735$0$0$698,832
75$1,385,632$0$0$721,744
76$1,431,079$0$0$745,471
77$1,478,140$0$0$770,046
78$1,526,887$0$0$795,506
79$1,577,391$0$0$821,891
80$1,629,733$0$0$849,242
81$1,683,993$0$0$877,605
82$1,740,261$0$0$907,025
83$1,798,630$0$0$937,552
84$1,859,200$0$0$969,241
85$1,922,077$0$0$1,002,148
86$1,987,374$0$0$1,036,334
87$2,055,213$0$0$1,071,864
88$2,125,723$0$0$1,108,808
89$2,199,043$0$0$1,147,239
90$2,275,321$0$0$1,187,239
91$2,354,717$0$0$1,228,892
92$2,437,401$0$0$1,272,292
93$2,523,558$0$0$1,317,537
94$2,613,385$0$0$1,364,734
95$2,707,096$0$0$1,413,999
96$2,804,921$0$0$1,465,455
97$2,907,108$0$0$1,519,239
98$3,013,924$0$0$1,575,493
99$3,125,660$0$0$1,634,376
100$3,242,629$0$0$1,696,058