Can I retire at age 51 with 281,000?

Use the below retirement simulation to view the chances of a successful retirement.
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:
0%
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 $281,000?

Depending on your rate of return and investment timeframe, you'll need to save this amount every month.
2%4%6%8%10%14%
1 years$23,205$22,998$22,796$22,600$22,407$22,036
2 years$11,487$11,274$11,066$10,865$10,670$10,297
3 years$7,582$7,367$7,161$6,961$6,770$6,407
4 years$5,630$5,416$5,211$5,015$4,828$4,478
5 years$4,459$4,246$4,044$3,852$3,670$3,334
6 years$3,679$3,467$3,268$3,081$2,904$2,582
7 years$3,121$2,912$2,716$2,533$2,362$2,054
8 years$2,704$2,496$2,303$2,125$1,959$1,665
9 years$2,379$2,173$1,984$1,810$1,650$1,370
10 years$2,119$1,916$1,730$1,560$1,406$1,140
11 years$1,907$1,705$1,523$1,358$1,209$956
12 years$1,730$1,531$1,351$1,191$1,048$808
13 years$1,581$1,383$1,207$1,051$914$687
14 years$1,453$1,257$1,085$933$801$586
15 years$1,342$1,149$979$832$705$503
16 years$1,245$1,054$888$745$623$432
17 years$1,160$970$808$670$553$373
18 years$1,084$897$738$603$491$322
19 years$1,016$831$675$545$438$279
20 years$955$772$620$494$391$242
21 years$900$719$570$448$350$210
22 years$850$672$525$408$314$183
23 years$804$628$485$371$282$159
24 years$763$588$449$338$253$139
25 years$724$552$416$309$228$121
26 years$689$519$385$283$205$106
27 years$657$488$358$259$185$92
28 years$626$460$333$237$167$81
29 years$598$434$310$217$151$71
30 years$572$410$288$199$136$62
31 years$548$388$269$183$123$54
32 years$525$367$251$168$111$47
33 years$503$347$234$155$101$41
34 years$483$329$219$142$91$36
35 years$464$312$205$131$83$32
36 years$446$296$191$121$75$28
37 years$429$281$179$111$68$24
38 years$414$268$168$103$62$21
39 years$398$254$157$95$56$19
40 years$384$242$147$87$51$16
41 years$371$230$138$80$46$14
42 years$358$219$130$74$42$13
43 years$346$209$122$69$38$11
44 years$334$199$114$63$34$10
45 years$323$190$107$58$31$9
46 years$312$181$101$54$28$7
47 years$302$173$95$50$26$7
48 years$292$165$89$46$23$6
49 years$283$158$84$43$21$5
50 years$274$151$79$39$19$4

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 51 starting with $281,000, adding $4,494 every year, while hoping to spend $22,443 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: 79/10/11 Blend
50$281,000$281,000$281,000$281,000
51$314,298$299,405$295,049$338,158
52$322,477$290,196$281,054$345,264
53$330,738$279,784$265,838$349,701
54$339,066$268,087$249,336$353,918
55$347,443$255,015$231,481$357,881
56$355,849$240,478$212,203$361,556
57$364,261$224,377$191,427$364,904
58$372,653$206,608$169,077$367,883
59$380,994$187,063$145,072$370,447
60$389,252$165,625$119,328$372,544
61$397,388$142,173$91,758$374,118
62$405,360$116,578$62,270$375,110
63$413,119$88,702$30,768$375,450
64$420,611$58,403$0$375,067
65$427,776$25,527$0$374,215
66$434,546$0$0$376,346
67$440,846$0$0$378,871
68$446,591$0$0$383,717
69$451,686$0$0$387,993
70$456,026$0$0$391,606
71$459,494$0$0$394,456
72$461,961$0$0$396,427
73$463,280$0$0$397,395
74$463,291$0$0$397,218
75$461,815$0$0$395,740
76$458,653$0$0$392,789
77$453,586$0$0$388,172
78$446,368$0$0$381,677
79$436,729$0$0$373,068
80$424,370$0$0$362,083
81$408,957$0$0$348,433
82$390,123$0$0$331,797
83$367,461$0$0$311,821
84$340,520$0$0$288,112
85$308,801$0$0$260,236
86$271,754$0$0$227,713
87$228,770$0$0$190,012
88$179,173$0$0$146,546
89$122,221$0$0$96,667
90$57,089$0$0$39,658
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