Can I retire at age 51 with 305,000?

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 $305,000?

Depending on your rate of return and investment timeframe, you'll need to save this amount every month.
2%4%6%8%10%19.1%
1 years$25,187$24,962$24,743$24,530$24,321$23,430
2 years$12,469$12,236$12,011$11,793$11,581$10,694
3 years$8,230$7,997$7,772$7,556$7,348$6,491
4 years$6,111$5,878$5,656$5,444$5,240$4,422
5 years$4,840$4,609$4,389$4,181$3,984$3,205
6 years$3,993$3,763$3,547$3,344$3,152$2,414
7 years$3,388$3,160$2,948$2,749$2,564$1,865
8 years$2,934$2,709$2,500$2,306$2,127$1,468
9 years$2,582$2,359$2,153$1,964$1,791$1,171
10 years$2,300$2,079$1,877$1,693$1,526$944
11 years$2,070$1,851$1,653$1,474$1,312$766
12 years$1,878$1,661$1,467$1,293$1,137$626
13 years$1,716$1,501$1,310$1,141$992$514
14 years$1,577$1,365$1,177$1,013$869$424
15 years$1,456$1,247$1,063$903$765$351
16 years$1,351$1,144$964$809$677$291
17 years$1,259$1,053$877$727$600$242
18 years$1,176$973$801$655$533$201
19 years$1,103$902$733$592$475$168
20 years$1,037$838$673$536$425$140
21 years$977$781$619$486$380$117
22 years$923$729$570$442$341$98
23 years$873$682$527$403$306$82
24 years$828$639$487$367$275$68
25 years$786$599$451$336$247$57
26 years$748$563$418$307$223$48
27 years$713$530$388$281$201$40
28 years$680$500$361$257$181$34
29 years$649$471$336$236$164$28
30 years$621$445$313$217$148$24
31 years$594$421$292$199$134$20
32 years$569$398$272$183$121$17
33 years$546$377$254$168$109$14
34 years$524$357$237$155$99$12
35 years$504$339$222$142$90$10
36 years$484$322$208$131$81$8
37 years$466$306$194$121$74$7
38 years$449$290$182$111$67$6
39 years$432$276$171$103$61$5
40 years$417$263$160$95$55$4
41 years$402$250$150$87$50$3
42 years$388$238$141$81$45$3
43 years$375$227$132$74$41$2
44 years$362$216$124$69$37$2
45 years$350$206$116$63$34$2
46 years$339$197$109$59$31$1
47 years$328$188$103$54$28$1
48 years$317$179$96$50$25$1
49 years$307$171$91$46$23$1
50 years$298$164$85$43$21$1

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 51 starting with $305,000, adding $6,816 every year, while hoping to spend $21,860 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: 33/42/25 Blend
50$305,000$305,000$305,000$305,000
51$343,141$326,976$322,248$351,666
52$354,882$319,739$309,785$351,424
53$367,089$311,414$296,171$348,724
54$379,784$301,926$281,345$345,377
55$392,996$291,194$265,244$341,342
56$406,750$279,132$247,798$336,572
57$421,079$265,649$228,939$331,022
58$436,013$250,650$208,593$324,641
59$451,588$234,033$186,682$317,378
60$467,841$215,692$163,128$309,179
61$484,813$195,513$137,845$299,987
62$502,548$173,377$110,746$289,743
63$521,092$149,158$81,741$278,385
64$540,498$122,720$50,734$265,847
65$560,820$93,925$17,625$252,063
66$582,118$62,622$0$236,961
67$604,458$28,654$0$225,192
68$627,910$0$0$217,279
69$652,551$0$0$212,231
70$678,463$0$0$220,864
71$705,738$0$0$229,968
72$734,475$0$0$239,578
73$764,781$0$0$249,732
74$796,772$0$0$260,472
75$830,577$0$0$271,843
76$866,335$0$0$283,895
77$904,197$0$0$296,683
78$944,331$0$0$310,266
79$986,918$0$0$324,709
80$1,032,156$0$0$340,083
81$1,080,262$0$0$356,466
82$1,131,474$0$0$373,944
83$1,186,052$0$0$392,610
84$1,244,281$0$0$412,566
85$1,306,473$0$0$433,925
86$1,372,969$0$0$456,809
87$1,444,145$0$0$481,355
88$1,520,411$0$0$507,709
89$1,602,219$0$0$536,036
90$1,690,063$0$0$566,512
91$1,784,486$0$0$599,335
92$1,886,085$0$0$634,720
93$1,995,514$0$0$672,903
94$2,113,491$0$0$714,144
95$2,240,807$0$0$758,728
96$2,378,328$0$0$806,970
97$2,527,009$0$0$859,215
98$2,687,898$0$0$915,841
99$2,862,146$0$0$977,266
100$3,051,020$0$0$1,043,949