Can I retire at age 50 with 401,000?

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 $401,000?

Depending on your rate of return and investment timeframe, you'll need to save this amount every month.
2%4%6%8%10%17%
1 years$33,114$32,819$32,531$32,251$31,976$31,065
2 years$16,393$16,088$15,792$15,505$15,227$14,316
3 years$10,820$10,514$10,218$9,934$9,661$8,778
4 years$8,034$7,729$7,436$7,157$6,890$6,043
5 years$6,363$6,059$5,771$5,497$5,238$4,429
6 years$5,249$4,948$4,664$4,396$4,144$3,374
7 years$4,454$4,155$3,876$3,614$3,370$2,639
8 years$3,858$3,562$3,287$3,032$2,796$2,103
9 years$3,395$3,101$2,831$2,583$2,355$1,699
10 years$3,024$2,734$2,468$2,226$2,006$1,387
11 years$2,721$2,434$2,173$1,937$1,726$1,142
12 years$2,469$2,184$1,928$1,699$1,495$946
13 years$2,256$1,974$1,723$1,500$1,304$788
14 years$2,073$1,794$1,548$1,332$1,143$660
15 years$1,915$1,639$1,398$1,188$1,006$554
16 years$1,777$1,504$1,267$1,064$889$466
17 years$1,655$1,385$1,153$956$789$393
18 years$1,547$1,280$1,053$861$701$333
19 years$1,450$1,186$964$778$625$282
20 years$1,363$1,102$884$705$558$239
21 years$1,284$1,027$813$640$500$203
22 years$1,213$958$750$582$448$172
23 years$1,148$896$692$530$402$147
24 years$1,089$840$640$483$361$125
25 years$1,034$788$593$441$325$106
26 years$983$741$550$403$293$91
27 years$937$697$511$369$264$77
28 years$894$657$475$338$238$66
29 years$854$620$442$310$215$56
30 years$816$585$411$285$194$48
31 years$781$553$384$261$176$41
32 years$749$523$358$240$159$35
33 years$718$496$334$221$144$30
34 years$689$470$312$203$130$25
35 years$662$446$292$187$118$22
36 years$637$423$273$172$107$19
37 years$613$402$256$159$97$16
38 years$590$382$239$146$88$14
39 years$569$363$224$135$80$12
40 years$548$345$210$124$72$10
41 years$529$329$197$115$66$8
42 years$511$313$185$106$59$7
43 years$493$298$173$98$54$6
44 years$476$284$163$90$49$5
45 years$461$271$153$83$44$5
46 years$445$259$144$77$40$4
47 years$431$247$135$71$37$3
48 years$417$236$127$66$33$3
49 years$404$225$119$61$30$2
50 years$392$215$112$56$27$2

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 50 starting with $401,000, adding $5,932 every year, while hoping to spend $28,272 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: 80/11/9 Blend
49$401,000$401,000$401,000$401,000
50$448,021$426,768$420,552$482,787
51$463,638$417,598$404,560$497,267
52$479,900$407,032$387,084$508,845
53$496,844$394,970$368,045$520,707
54$514,507$381,309$347,360$532,870
55$532,933$365,939$324,942$545,349
56$552,165$348,743$300,701$558,162
57$572,252$329,598$274,541$571,328
58$593,247$308,374$246,363$584,869
59$615,206$284,932$216,064$598,811
60$638,191$259,127$183,536$613,180
61$662,267$230,805$148,665$628,007
62$687,507$199,803$111,334$643,325
63$713,989$165,949$71,419$659,173
64$741,797$129,062$28,793$675,590
65$771,023$88,949$0$692,626
66$801,767$45,408$0$711,934
67$834,139$0$0$735,023
68$868,256$0$0$759,420
69$904,248$0$0$790,961
70$942,255$0$0$824,271
71$982,430$0$0$859,488
72$1,024,942$0$0$896,757
73$1,069,972$0$0$936,241
74$1,117,721$0$0$978,114
75$1,168,406$0$0$1,022,569
76$1,222,266$0$0$1,069,816
77$1,279,563$0$0$1,120,086
78$1,340,582$0$0$1,173,629
79$1,405,635$0$0$1,230,720
80$1,475,066$0$0$1,291,663
81$1,549,250$0$0$1,356,788
82$1,628,597$0$0$1,426,456
83$1,713,560$0$0$1,501,066
84$1,804,633$0$0$1,581,053
85$1,902,358$0$0$1,666,895
86$2,007,331$0$0$1,759,118
87$2,120,206$0$0$1,858,296
88$2,241,700$0$0$1,965,063
89$2,372,602$0$0$2,080,112
90$2,513,776$0$0$2,204,206
91$2,666,174$0$0$2,338,184
92$2,830,840$0$0$2,482,966
93$3,008,922$0$0$2,639,563
94$3,201,684$0$0$2,809,089
95$3,410,511$0$0$2,992,765
96$3,636,929$0$0$3,191,937
97$3,882,616$0$0$3,408,082
98$4,149,418$0$0$3,642,826
99$4,439,362$0$0$3,897,959
100$4,754,682$0$0$4,175,448