Can I retire at age 51 with 489,000?

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 $489,000?

Depending on your rate of return and investment timeframe, you'll need to save this amount every month.
2%4%6%8%10%15.9%
1 years$40,381$40,021$39,671$39,328$38,994$38,051
2 years$19,991$19,618$19,258$18,908$18,568$17,624
3 years$13,195$12,821$12,461$12,114$11,781$10,865
4 years$9,797$9,425$9,068$8,728$8,402$7,521
5 years$7,760$7,389$7,037$6,704$6,387$5,544
6 years$6,401$6,034$5,687$5,361$5,054$4,249
7 years$5,432$5,067$4,726$4,408$4,110$3,344
8 years$4,705$4,343$4,008$3,697$3,410$2,682
9 years$4,140$3,782$3,452$3,149$2,872$2,181
10 years$3,688$3,333$3,010$2,715$2,447$1,793
11 years$3,318$2,968$2,650$2,363$2,104$1,487
12 years$3,011$2,664$2,352$2,072$1,823$1,241
13 years$2,751$2,407$2,101$1,830$1,590$1,041
14 years$2,528$2,188$1,888$1,624$1,394$878
15 years$2,335$1,999$1,704$1,448$1,227$743
16 years$2,166$1,834$1,545$1,297$1,085$630
17 years$2,018$1,689$1,406$1,165$962$536
18 years$1,886$1,561$1,284$1,050$855$457
19 years$1,768$1,446$1,175$949$762$390
20 years$1,662$1,344$1,078$859$681$334
21 years$1,566$1,252$992$780$609$286
22 years$1,479$1,169$914$709$546$245
23 years$1,400$1,093$844$646$490$210
24 years$1,327$1,024$781$589$441$181
25 years$1,261$961$723$538$396$155
26 years$1,199$903$671$492$357$133
27 years$1,143$850$623$450$322$115
28 years$1,090$801$579$413$291$99
29 years$1,041$756$539$378$262$85
30 years$995$714$502$347$237$73
31 years$953$675$468$319$214$63
32 years$913$638$436$293$194$54
33 years$876$604$408$269$175$47
34 years$841$573$381$248$159$40
35 years$808$543$356$228$144$35
36 years$777$516$333$210$130$30
37 years$747$490$312$194$118$26
38 years$720$466$292$179$107$22
39 years$693$443$273$165$97$19
40 years$669$421$256$152$88$17
41 years$645$401$240$140$80$14
42 years$623$382$225$129$73$12
43 years$601$364$212$119$66$11
44 years$581$347$199$110$60$9
45 years$562$331$186$102$54$8
46 years$543$315$175$94$49$7
47 years$526$301$165$87$45$6
48 years$509$287$155$80$41$5
49 years$493$274$145$74$37$4
50 years$477$262$137$69$34$4

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 51 starting with $489,000, adding $3,318 every year, while hoping to spend $27,911 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: 48/38/14 Blend
50$489,000$489,000$489,000$489,000
51$542,301$516,384$508,804$566,068
52$567,918$511,989$496,152$578,430
53$595,213$506,444$482,140$588,697
54$624,327$499,662$466,695$599,229
55$655,416$491,553$449,736$610,060
56$688,649$482,020$431,183$621,228
57$724,213$470,960$410,949$632,780
58$762,312$458,266$388,945$644,768
59$803,170$443,824$365,077$657,251
60$847,033$427,511$339,247$670,297
61$894,172$409,201$311,353$683,984
62$944,882$388,756$281,288$698,397
63$999,489$366,034$248,940$713,636
64$1,058,350$340,883$214,193$729,813
65$1,121,857$313,142$176,924$747,053
66$1,190,443$282,642$137,007$765,500
67$1,264,580$249,203$94,309$785,312
68$1,344,789$212,636$48,690$806,671
69$1,431,643$172,741$7$829,777
70$1,525,772$129,307$0$854,859
71$1,627,867$82,109$0$889,930
72$1,738,689$30,912$0$928,020
73$1,859,075$0$0$969,472
74$1,989,947$0$0$1,024,927
75$2,132,317$0$0$1,099,363
76$2,287,300$0$0$1,180,444
77$2,456,121$0$0$1,268,816
78$2,640,132$0$0$1,365,193
79$2,840,816$0$0$1,470,360
80$3,059,808$0$0$1,585,180
81$3,298,909$0$0$1,710,605
82$3,560,098$0$0$1,847,681
83$3,845,557$0$0$1,997,560
84$4,157,686$0$0$2,161,511
85$4,499,129$0$0$2,340,932
86$4,872,795$0$0$2,537,360
87$5,281,890$0$0$2,752,490
88$5,729,943$0$0$2,988,188
89$6,220,841$0$0$3,246,507
90$6,758,862$0$0$3,529,711
91$7,348,723$0$0$3,840,291
92$7,995,613$0$0$4,180,993
93$8,705,252$0$0$4,554,840
94$9,483,937$0$0$4,965,162
95$10,338,608$0$0$5,415,628
96$11,276,904$0$0$5,910,277
97$12,307,246$0$0$6,453,562
98$13,438,905$0$0$7,050,385
99$14,682,098$0$0$7,706,149
100$16,048,077$0$0$8,426,805