Can I retire at age 50 with 497,000?

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:
0%
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 $497,000?

Depending on your rate of return and investment timeframe, you'll need to save this amount every month.
2%4%6%8%10%11.3%
1 years$41,042$40,676$40,320$39,971$39,631$39,415
2 years$20,318$19,939$19,573$19,217$18,872$18,653
3 years$13,411$13,031$12,665$12,313$11,973$11,759
4 years$9,958$9,579$9,217$8,870$8,539$8,332
5 years$7,887$7,510$7,153$6,813$6,492$6,291
6 years$6,506$6,132$5,780$5,449$5,137$4,944
7 years$5,521$5,150$4,803$4,480$4,177$3,992
8 years$4,782$4,415$4,074$3,758$3,466$3,287
9 years$4,207$3,844$3,509$3,201$2,918$2,748
10 years$3,748$3,388$3,059$2,759$2,487$2,323
11 years$3,373$3,016$2,693$2,401$2,139$1,982
12 years$3,060$2,707$2,390$2,106$1,853$1,704
13 years$2,796$2,446$2,135$1,860$1,616$1,474
14 years$2,569$2,224$1,919$1,651$1,417$1,281
15 years$2,373$2,031$1,732$1,472$1,247$1,118
16 years$2,202$1,864$1,571$1,318$1,102$980
17 years$2,051$1,716$1,429$1,184$977$861
18 years$1,917$1,586$1,305$1,067$869$759
19 years$1,797$1,470$1,194$964$775$670
20 years$1,689$1,366$1,096$873$692$593
21 years$1,592$1,272$1,008$793$619$526
22 years$1,503$1,188$929$721$555$467
23 years$1,423$1,111$858$656$498$415
24 years$1,349$1,041$793$599$448$369
25 years$1,281$977$735$547$403$329
26 years$1,219$918$682$500$363$293
27 years$1,161$864$633$458$327$262
28 years$1,108$814$588$419$295$234
29 years$1,058$768$548$384$267$209
30 years$1,012$725$510$353$241$187
31 years$968$686$475$324$218$167
32 years$928$649$444$298$197$150
33 years$890$614$414$274$178$134
34 years$854$582$387$252$161$120
35 years$821$552$362$232$146$108
36 years$789$524$338$214$132$96
37 years$760$498$317$197$120$86
38 years$731$473$297$181$109$78
39 years$705$450$278$167$99$70
40 years$679$428$261$154$90$62
41 years$656$407$244$142$81$56
42 years$633$388$229$131$74$50
43 years$611$370$215$121$67$45
44 years$591$352$202$112$61$40
45 years$571$336$190$103$55$36
46 years$552$321$178$96$50$33
47 years$534$306$167$88$45$29
48 years$517$292$157$82$41$26
49 years$501$279$148$75$37$24
50 years$485$266$139$70$34$21

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 50 starting with $497,000, adding $2,998 every year, while hoping to spend $58,783 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: 57/23/20 Blend
49$497,000$497,000$497,000$497,000
50$550,786$524,445$516,742$579,079
51$544,422$487,599$471,508$561,837
52$535,438$446,976$422,789$536,473
53$523,506$402,331$370,405$507,533
54$508,260$353,402$314,171$474,687
55$489,297$299,913$253,890$437,575
56$466,170$241,573$189,359$395,803
57$438,382$178,073$120,366$348,943
58$405,388$109,089$46,689$296,525
59$366,580$34,277$0$238,040
60$321,289$0$0$179,743
61$268,773$0$0$137,112
62$208,215$0$0$98,074
63$138,708$0$0$53,384
64$59,253$0$0$2,412
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