Can I retire at age 51 with 1,230,000?

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:
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Modify Cash Returns:
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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 $1,230,000?

Depending on your rate of return and investment timeframe, you'll need to save this amount every month.
2%4%6%8%10%11.6%
1 years$101,572$100,667$99,785$98,923$98,082$97,423
2 years$50,283$49,347$48,439$47,559$46,706$46,041
3 years$33,189$32,249$31,343$30,472$29,632$28,982
4 years$24,644$23,706$22,810$21,953$21,134$20,504
5 years$19,518$18,586$17,701$16,862$16,066$15,458
6 years$16,102$15,177$14,305$13,485$12,712$12,127
7 years$13,663$12,745$11,888$11,087$10,338$9,776
8 years$11,834$10,925$10,082$9,300$8,577$8,037
9 years$10,413$9,512$8,683$7,922$7,223$6,706
10 years$9,276$8,385$7,570$6,829$6,154$5,660
11 years$8,347$7,464$6,665$5,943$5,293$4,821
12 years$7,573$6,700$5,915$5,213$4,587$4,136
13 years$6,919$6,055$5,285$4,602$4,000$3,570
14 years$6,359$5,503$4,748$4,085$3,506$3,098
15 years$5,873$5,027$4,287$3,643$3,087$2,699
16 years$5,449$4,613$3,887$3,262$2,728$2,360
17 years$5,076$4,248$3,537$2,931$2,419$2,069
18 years$4,744$3,925$3,229$2,641$2,151$1,820
19 years$4,447$3,638$2,956$2,387$1,917$1,604
20 years$4,180$3,381$2,713$2,162$1,712$1,416
21 years$3,939$3,149$2,495$1,962$1,532$1,253
22 years$3,721$2,939$2,300$1,784$1,374$1,110
23 years$3,521$2,749$2,123$1,625$1,233$984
24 years$3,339$2,576$1,964$1,482$1,108$874
25 years$3,171$2,417$1,819$1,353$997$777
26 years$3,017$2,272$1,687$1,237$898$691
27 years$2,874$2,138$1,566$1,132$810$615
28 years$2,741$2,015$1,456$1,038$731$548
29 years$2,618$1,901$1,355$951$660$489
30 years$2,504$1,795$1,262$873$596$436
31 years$2,397$1,697$1,177$802$539$389
32 years$2,297$1,606$1,098$737$488$348
33 years$2,203$1,520$1,025$678$441$310
34 years$2,115$1,441$958$624$400$277
35 years$2,032$1,367$895$574$362$248
36 years$1,954$1,297$838$529$328$222
37 years$1,880$1,232$784$487$297$198
38 years$1,810$1,171$734$449$269$177
39 years$1,744$1,113$688$414$244$159
40 years$1,682$1,059$645$382$222$142
41 years$1,622$1,008$605$352$201$127
42 years$1,566$960$567$325$182$114
43 years$1,512$915$532$300$166$102
44 years$1,461$872$500$277$150$91
45 years$1,413$832$469$256$136$82
46 years$1,366$793$441$236$124$73
47 years$1,322$757$414$218$112$65
48 years$1,280$723$389$202$102$59
49 years$1,240$690$366$187$93$52
50 years$1,201$659$344$172$84$47

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 51 starting with $1,230,000, adding $5,939 every year, while hoping to spend $26,878 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: 61/31/8 Blend
50$1,230,000$1,230,000$1,230,000$1,230,000
51$1,361,586$1,296,396$1,277,331$1,441,980
52$1,471,870$1,331,322$1,291,524$1,531,426
53$1,592,502$1,367,057$1,305,291$1,625,349
54$1,724,509$1,403,615$1,318,590$1,727,149
55$1,869,022$1,441,006$1,331,376$1,837,587
56$2,027,287$1,479,240$1,343,602$1,957,499
57$2,200,676$1,518,328$1,355,218$2,087,807
58$2,390,698$1,558,279$1,366,171$2,229,525
59$2,599,017$1,599,102$1,376,405$2,383,770
60$2,827,465$1,640,807$1,385,864$2,551,771
61$3,078,061$1,683,401$1,394,484$2,734,883
62$3,353,026$1,726,891$1,402,203$2,934,596
63$3,654,810$1,771,283$1,408,952$3,152,554
64$3,986,108$1,816,584$1,414,659$3,390,564
65$4,349,892$1,862,798$1,419,251$3,650,619
66$4,749,434$1,909,927$1,422,649$3,934,914
67$5,188,338$1,957,976$1,424,770$4,245,866
68$5,670,576$2,006,944$1,425,527$4,586,138
69$6,200,523$2,056,832$1,424,830$4,958,662
70$6,782,998$2,107,639$1,422,584$5,366,672
71$7,423,311$2,159,360$1,418,687$5,813,727
72$8,127,313$2,211,993$1,413,037$6,303,749
73$8,901,447$2,265,529$1,405,522$6,841,059
74$9,752,815$2,319,960$1,396,028$7,430,420
75$10,689,240$2,375,276$1,384,433$8,077,076
76$11,719,343$2,431,465$1,370,611$8,786,808
77$12,852,619$2,488,510$1,354,430$9,565,984
78$14,099,534$2,546,395$1,335,751$10,421,621
79$15,471,617$2,605,098$1,314,429$11,361,451
80$16,981,570$2,664,597$1,290,311$12,393,993
81$18,643,392$2,724,864$1,263,239$13,528,635
82$20,472,506$2,785,870$1,233,045$14,775,721
83$22,485,905$2,847,581$1,199,555$16,146,650
84$24,702,315$2,909,960$1,162,587$17,653,982
85$27,142,368$2,972,965$1,121,951$19,311,558
86$29,828,800$3,036,550$1,077,447$21,134,629
87$32,786,662$3,100,666$1,028,866$23,140,003
88$36,043,558$3,165,255$975,990$25,346,200
89$39,629,907$3,230,259$918,591$27,773,628
90$43,579,225$3,295,609$856,432$30,444,778
91$47,928,446$3,361,234$789,263$33,384,434
92$52,718,269$3,427,056$716,824$36,619,905
93$57,993,538$3,492,988$638,843$40,181,289
94$63,803,673$3,558,937$555,038$44,101,752
95$70,203,127$3,624,805$465,111$48,417,843
96$77,251,906$3,690,481$368,753$53,169,838
97$85,016,136$3,755,849$265,641$58,402,122
98$93,568,679$3,820,784$155,438$64,163,609
99$102,989,831$3,885,148$37,791$70,508,199
100$113,368,070$3,948,796$0$77,495,294