Can I retire at age 51 with 251,000?

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 $251,000?

Depending on your rate of return and investment timeframe, you'll need to save this amount every month.
2%4%6%8%10%11.4%
1 years$20,727$20,543$20,363$20,187$20,015$19,897
2 years$10,261$10,070$9,885$9,705$9,531$9,412
3 years$6,773$6,581$6,396$6,218$6,047$5,931
4 years$5,029$4,838$4,655$4,480$4,313$4,200
5 years$3,983$3,793$3,612$3,441$3,278$3,170
6 years$3,286$3,097$2,919$2,752$2,594$2,489
7 years$2,788$2,601$2,426$2,262$2,110$2,009
8 years$2,415$2,229$2,057$1,898$1,750$1,653
9 years$2,125$1,941$1,772$1,617$1,474$1,381
10 years$1,893$1,711$1,545$1,393$1,256$1,167
11 years$1,703$1,523$1,360$1,213$1,080$995
12 years$1,545$1,367$1,207$1,064$936$855
13 years$1,412$1,236$1,078$939$816$739
14 years$1,298$1,123$969$834$715$642
15 years$1,199$1,026$875$743$630$560
16 years$1,112$941$793$666$557$490
17 years$1,036$867$722$598$494$431
18 years$968$801$659$539$439$379
19 years$907$742$603$487$391$335
20 years$853$690$554$441$349$296
21 years$804$643$509$400$313$262
22 years$759$600$469$364$280$233
23 years$719$561$433$332$252$207
24 years$681$526$401$302$226$184
25 years$647$493$371$276$204$164
26 years$616$464$344$252$183$146
27 years$586$436$320$231$165$130
28 years$559$411$297$212$149$116
29 years$534$388$277$194$135$104
30 years$511$366$258$178$122$93
31 years$489$346$240$164$110$83
32 years$469$328$224$150$100$74
33 years$450$310$209$138$90$66
34 years$432$294$195$127$82$59
35 years$415$279$183$117$74$53
36 years$399$265$171$108$67$48
37 years$384$251$160$99$61$43
38 years$369$239$150$92$55$38
39 years$356$227$140$84$50$34
40 years$343$216$132$78$45$31
41 years$331$206$123$72$41$27
42 years$320$196$116$66$37$25
43 years$309$187$109$61$34$22
44 years$298$178$102$57$31$20
45 years$288$170$96$52$28$18
46 years$279$162$90$48$25$16
47 years$270$155$84$45$23$14
48 years$261$148$79$41$21$13
49 years$253$141$75$38$19$11
50 years$245$135$70$35$17$10

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 51 starting with $251,000, adding $5,244 every year, while hoping to spend $21,615 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: 35/42/23 Blend
50$251,000$251,000$251,000$251,000
51$282,011$268,708$264,818$289,762
52$287,778$258,877$250,691$286,114
53$293,409$247,839$235,366$279,826
54$298,867$235,513$218,781$272,606
55$304,110$221,813$200,870$264,384
56$309,094$206,646$181,563$255,086
57$313,766$189,915$160,790$244,631
58$318,068$171,519$138,474$232,935
59$321,936$151,349$114,539$219,907
60$325,299$129,291$88,901$205,449
61$328,077$105,223$61,476$189,457
62$330,180$79,018$32,175$171,819
63$331,509$50,542$904$152,416
64$331,956$19,651$0$131,119
65$331,397$0$0$115,758
66$329,696$0$0$105,354
67$326,704$0$0$103,513
68$322,253$0$0$101,088
69$316,158$0$0$98,006
70$308,214$0$0$94,188
71$298,194$0$0$89,546
72$285,846$0$0$83,981
73$270,891$0$0$77,385
74$253,022$0$0$69,639
75$231,896$0$0$60,611
76$207,137$0$0$50,153
77$178,328$0$0$38,105
78$145,007$0$0$24,287
79$106,665$0$0$8,501
80$62,738$0$0$0
81$12,605$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