Can I retire at age 51 with 263,000?

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 $263,000?

Depending on your rate of return and investment timeframe, you'll need to save this amount every month.
2%4%6%8%10%11%
1 years$21,718$21,525$21,336$21,152$20,972$20,884
2 years$10,752$10,551$10,357$10,169$9,987$9,897
3 years$7,097$6,895$6,702$6,515$6,336$6,249
4 years$5,269$5,069$4,877$4,694$4,519$4,434
5 years$4,173$3,974$3,785$3,605$3,435$3,353
6 years$3,443$3,245$3,059$2,883$2,718$2,639
7 years$2,921$2,725$2,542$2,371$2,211$2,135
8 years$2,530$2,336$2,156$1,989$1,834$1,761
9 years$2,226$2,034$1,857$1,694$1,544$1,474
10 years$1,983$1,793$1,619$1,460$1,316$1,249
11 years$1,785$1,596$1,425$1,271$1,132$1,068
12 years$1,619$1,433$1,265$1,115$981$919
13 years$1,479$1,295$1,130$984$855$797
14 years$1,360$1,177$1,015$874$750$694
15 years$1,256$1,075$917$779$660$607
16 years$1,165$986$831$698$583$533
17 years$1,085$908$756$627$517$469
18 years$1,014$839$690$565$460$414
19 years$951$778$632$510$410$367
20 years$894$723$580$462$366$325
21 years$842$673$533$419$328$289
22 years$796$628$492$381$294$257
23 years$753$588$454$347$264$229
24 years$714$551$420$317$237$204
25 years$678$517$389$289$213$183
26 years$645$486$361$265$192$163
27 years$614$457$335$242$173$146
28 years$586$431$311$222$156$131
29 years$560$406$290$203$141$117
30 years$535$384$270$187$127$105
31 years$512$363$252$171$115$94
32 years$491$343$235$158$104$84
33 years$471$325$219$145$94$76
34 years$452$308$205$133$85$68
35 years$434$292$191$123$77$61
36 years$418$277$179$113$70$55
37 years$402$263$168$104$64$49
38 years$387$250$157$96$58$44
39 years$373$238$147$89$52$40
40 years$360$227$138$82$47$36
41 years$347$216$129$75$43$32
42 years$335$205$121$70$39$29
43 years$323$196$114$64$35$26
44 years$312$187$107$59$32$24
45 years$302$178$100$55$29$21
46 years$292$170$94$51$26$19
47 years$283$162$88$47$24$17
48 years$274$155$83$43$22$15
49 years$265$148$78$40$20$14
50 years$257$141$73$37$18$13

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 51 starting with $263,000, adding $4,350 every year, while hoping to spend $21,853 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: 39/33/28 Blend
50$263,000$263,000$263,000$263,000
51$294,313$280,374$276,298$303,209
52$301,082$270,861$262,302$300,587
53$307,808$260,149$247,105$295,420
54$314,465$248,157$230,644$289,415
55$321,022$234,798$212,852$282,511
56$327,444$219,981$193,660$274,641
57$333,691$203,608$172,996$265,732
58$339,721$185,578$150,785$255,711
59$345,483$165,783$126,947$244,494
60$350,924$144,107$101,400$231,995
61$355,980$120,430$74,059$218,122
62$360,584$94,625$44,834$202,774
63$364,659$66,557$13,632$185,844
64$368,119$36,084$0$167,220
65$370,869$3,054$0$152,653
66$372,804$0$0$140,866
67$373,806$0$0$139,542
68$373,744$0$0$138,850
69$372,472$0$0$137,618
70$369,829$0$0$135,775
71$365,637$0$0$133,243
72$359,697$0$0$129,937
73$351,790$0$0$125,762
74$341,671$0$0$120,612
75$329,071$0$0$114,371
76$313,690$0$0$106,908
77$295,200$0$0$98,082
78$273,233$0$0$87,734
79$247,385$0$0$75,690
80$217,208$0$0$61,756
81$182,208$0$0$45,718
82$141,837$0$0$27,341
83$95,491$0$0$6,364
84$42,503$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