Can I retire at age 51 with 524,000?

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 $524,000?

Depending on your rate of return and investment timeframe, you'll need to save this amount every month.
2%4%6%8%10%19.4%
1 years$43,271$42,886$42,510$42,143$41,784$40,206
2 years$21,422$21,023$20,636$20,261$19,897$18,325
3 years$14,139$13,738$13,353$12,981$12,624$11,108
4 years$10,499$10,099$9,717$9,352$9,003$7,555
5 years$8,315$7,918$7,541$7,184$6,844$5,467
6 years$6,860$6,466$6,094$5,745$5,416$4,111
7 years$5,821$5,430$5,064$4,723$4,404$3,171
8 years$5,042$4,654$4,295$3,962$3,654$2,491
9 years$4,436$4,052$3,699$3,375$3,077$1,984
10 years$3,952$3,572$3,225$2,909$2,622$1,595
11 years$3,556$3,180$2,839$2,532$2,255$1,293
12 years$3,226$2,854$2,520$2,221$1,954$1,055
13 years$2,948$2,579$2,251$1,961$1,704$864
14 years$2,709$2,345$2,023$1,740$1,494$711
15 years$2,502$2,142$1,826$1,552$1,315$587
16 years$2,322$1,965$1,656$1,390$1,162$486
17 years$2,162$1,810$1,507$1,249$1,031$403
18 years$2,021$1,672$1,375$1,125$916$334
19 years$1,894$1,550$1,259$1,017$817$278
20 years$1,781$1,440$1,156$921$730$232
21 years$1,678$1,341$1,063$836$653$193
22 years$1,585$1,252$980$760$585$161
23 years$1,500$1,171$905$692$525$134
24 years$1,422$1,097$837$631$472$112
25 years$1,351$1,030$775$576$425$94
26 years$1,285$968$719$527$383$78
27 years$1,224$911$667$482$345$66
28 years$1,168$858$620$442$311$55
29 years$1,115$810$577$405$281$46
30 years$1,067$765$538$372$254$38
31 years$1,021$723$501$342$230$32
32 years$978$684$468$314$208$27
33 years$938$648$437$289$188$23
34 years$901$614$408$266$170$19
35 years$866$582$381$245$154$16
36 years$832$553$357$225$140$13
37 years$801$525$334$208$127$11
38 years$771$499$313$191$115$9
39 years$743$474$293$176$104$8
40 years$716$451$275$163$94$6
41 years$691$430$258$150$86$5
42 years$667$409$242$139$78$5
43 years$644$390$227$128$71$4
44 years$623$372$213$118$64$3
45 years$602$354$200$109$58$3
46 years$582$338$188$101$53$2
47 years$563$323$176$93$48$2
48 years$545$308$166$86$44$2
49 years$528$294$156$79$40$1
50 years$512$281$146$73$36$1

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 51 starting with $524,000, adding $3,142 every year, while hoping to spend $37,030 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: 47/44/9 Blend
50$524,000$524,000$524,000$524,000
51$580,689$552,917$544,795$606,405
52$600,520$540,610$523,646$612,121
53$621,132$526,459$500,547$614,207
54$642,566$510,335$475,395$615,620
55$664,867$492,100$448,079$616,309
56$688,080$471,609$418,486$616,220
57$712,255$448,710$386,497$615,298
58$737,448$423,239$351,987$613,485
59$763,714$395,025$314,826$610,719
60$791,119$363,886$274,878$606,937
61$819,727$329,631$232,001$602,071
62$849,614$292,057$186,047$596,052
63$880,856$250,950$136,861$588,808
64$913,539$206,082$84,282$580,262
65$947,755$157,216$28,141$570,338
66$983,604$104,097$0$558,953
67$1,021,194$46,460$0$549,075
68$1,060,641$0$0$540,647
69$1,102,074$0$0$538,629
70$1,145,630$0$0$560,175
71$1,191,460$0$0$582,867
72$1,239,727$0$0$606,788
73$1,290,610$0$0$632,030
74$1,344,303$0$0$658,692
75$1,401,016$0$0$686,882
76$1,460,982$0$0$716,720
77$1,524,451$0$0$748,334
78$1,591,700$0$0$781,866
79$1,663,028$0$0$817,469
80$1,738,765$0$0$855,314
81$1,819,269$0$0$895,584
82$1,904,933$0$0$938,483
83$1,996,189$0$0$984,231
84$2,093,506$0$0$1,033,071
85$2,197,402$0$0$1,085,268
86$2,308,441$0$0$1,141,115
87$2,427,244$0$0$1,200,930
88$2,554,490$0$0$1,265,065
89$2,690,924$0$0$1,333,902
90$2,837,365$0$0$1,407,865
91$2,994,710$0$0$1,487,416
92$3,163,944$0$0$1,573,064
93$3,346,149$0$0$1,665,366
94$3,542,512$0$0$1,764,937
95$3,754,339$0$0$1,872,450
96$3,983,062$0$0$1,988,644
97$4,230,257$0$0$2,114,335
98$4,497,656$0$0$2,250,415
99$4,787,160$0$0$2,397,870
100$5,100,862$0$0$2,557,778