Can I retire at age 51 with 2,970,000?

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 $2,970,000?

Depending on your rate of return and investment timeframe, you'll need to save this amount every month.
2%4%6%8%10%12.6%
1 years$245,260$243,075$240,944$238,863$236,832$234,261
2 years$121,416$119,154$116,963$114,838$112,777$110,189
3 years$80,140$77,869$75,683$73,578$71,550$69,025
4 years$59,506$57,242$55,078$53,009$51,030$48,587
5 years$47,129$44,878$42,743$40,716$38,792$36,438
6 years$38,880$36,646$34,542$32,561$30,695$28,433
7 years$32,990$30,776$28,705$26,770$24,963$22,794
8 years$28,575$26,380$24,344$22,457$20,710$18,633
9 years$25,143$22,969$20,967$19,128$17,440$15,456
10 years$22,399$20,246$18,280$16,489$14,860$12,967
11 years$20,155$18,024$16,093$14,350$12,780$10,976
12 years$18,286$16,177$14,282$12,587$11,075$9,359
13 years$16,707$14,619$12,760$11,112$9,658$8,027
14 years$15,354$13,289$11,465$9,864$8,466$6,918
15 years$14,182$12,139$10,352$8,797$7,454$5,987
16 years$13,158$11,138$9,385$7,877$6,588$5,199
17 years$12,256$10,257$8,540$7,077$5,841$4,528
18 years$11,454$9,478$7,796$6,378$5,194$3,953
19 years$10,738$8,784$7,137$5,763$4,629$3,459
20 years$10,094$8,163$6,550$5,220$4,135$3,032
21 years$9,512$7,603$6,025$4,737$3,700$2,662
22 years$8,984$7,098$5,553$4,307$3,317$2,341
23 years$8,503$6,638$5,127$3,923$2,977$2,061
24 years$8,062$6,220$4,742$3,578$2,676$1,816
25 years$7,657$5,837$4,392$3,267$2,408$1,602
26 years$7,284$5,486$4,073$2,987$2,169$1,414
27 years$6,939$5,163$3,782$2,735$1,956$1,249
28 years$6,619$4,865$3,516$2,505$1,765$1,104
29 years$6,322$4,589$3,272$2,298$1,593$976
30 years$6,046$4,334$3,048$2,109$1,440$864
31 years$5,787$4,097$2,841$1,937$1,302$765
32 years$5,545$3,877$2,651$1,780$1,177$677
33 years$5,319$3,671$2,475$1,637$1,066$600
34 years$5,106$3,480$2,313$1,506$965$532
35 years$4,906$3,300$2,162$1,386$874$471
36 years$4,717$3,132$2,023$1,277$792$418
37 years$4,539$2,975$1,893$1,176$718$370
38 years$4,371$2,827$1,773$1,084$651$328
39 years$4,211$2,689$1,661$1,000$590$291
40 years$4,060$2,558$1,557$922$535$258
41 years$3,917$2,435$1,460$851$485$229
42 years$3,781$2,319$1,369$785$441$203
43 years$3,652$2,210$1,285$725$400$181
44 years$3,529$2,106$1,206$669$363$160
45 years$3,411$2,008$1,133$618$329$142
46 years$3,300$1,916$1,064$571$299$126
47 years$3,193$1,828$999$527$272$112
48 years$3,091$1,745$939$487$247$99
49 years$2,993$1,667$883$450$224$88
50 years$2,900$1,592$830$416$203$78

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 51 starting with $2,970,000, adding $5,962 every year, while hoping to spend $34,422 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: 49/26/25 Blend
50$2,970,000$2,970,000$2,970,000$2,970,000
51$3,279,090$3,121,680$3,075,645$3,416,282
52$3,576,932$3,238,017$3,142,054$3,629,041
53$3,904,001$3,358,902$3,209,535$3,856,139
54$4,263,241$3,484,520$3,278,086$4,102,178
55$4,657,895$3,615,065$3,347,705$4,368,964
56$5,091,538$3,750,741$3,418,391$4,658,481
57$5,568,107$3,891,759$3,490,139$4,972,910
58$6,091,939$4,038,340$3,562,944$5,314,654
59$6,667,811$4,190,714$3,636,797$5,686,353
60$7,300,990$4,349,120$3,711,692$6,090,913
61$7,997,274$4,513,810$3,787,616$6,531,532
62$8,763,053$4,685,045$3,864,559$7,011,729
63$9,605,370$4,863,097$3,942,507$7,535,376
64$10,531,979$5,048,250$4,021,443$8,106,736
65$11,551,429$5,240,803$4,101,349$8,730,500
66$12,673,137$5,441,064$4,182,206$9,411,833
67$13,907,477$5,649,356$4,263,990$10,156,420
68$15,265,883$5,866,019$4,346,678$10,970,519
69$16,760,952$6,091,402$4,430,240$11,861,023
70$18,406,563$6,325,875$4,514,647$12,835,517
71$20,218,010$6,569,820$4,599,865$13,902,358
72$22,212,146$6,823,640$4,685,859$15,070,744
73$24,407,537$7,087,751$4,772,588$16,350,807
74$26,824,646$7,362,591$4,860,010$17,753,702
75$29,486,018$7,648,615$4,948,078$19,291,717
76$32,416,495$7,946,301$5,036,742$20,978,382
77$35,643,452$8,256,144$5,125,947$22,828,603
78$39,197,054$8,578,665$5,215,636$24,858,792
79$43,110,539$8,914,405$5,305,746$27,087,031
80$47,420,534$9,263,931$5,396,209$29,533,235
81$52,167,400$9,627,835$5,486,953$32,219,340
82$57,395,610$10,006,734$5,577,901$35,169,510
83$63,154,172$10,401,274$5,668,970$38,410,363
84$69,497,090$10,812,129$5,760,073$41,971,222
85$76,483,873$11,240,003$5,851,116$45,884,388
86$84,180,098$11,685,633$5,941,998$50,185,446
87$92,658,025$12,149,787$6,032,613$54,913,599
88$101,997,286$12,633,268$6,122,847$60,112,035
89$112,285,628$13,136,917$6,212,581$65,828,335
90$123,619,746$13,661,610$6,301,686$72,114,917
91$136,106,195$14,208,264$6,390,028$79,029,536
92$149,862,395$14,777,837$6,477,462$86,635,820
93$165,017,738$15,371,330$6,563,836$95,003,872
94$181,714,811$15,989,789$6,648,989$104,210,930
95$200,110,742$16,634,309$6,732,750$114,342,095
96$220,378,681$17,306,033$6,814,939$125,491,129
97$242,709,433$18,006,155$6,895,366$137,761,341
98$267,313,263$18,735,925$6,973,830$151,266,560
99$294,421,880$19,496,649$7,050,117$166,132,203
100$324,290,620$20,289,693$7,124,004$182,496,462