Can I retire at age 51 with 525,000?

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 $525,000?

Depending on your rate of return and investment timeframe, you'll need to save this amount every month.
2%4%6%8%10%17.5%
1 years$43,354$42,968$42,591$42,223$41,864$40,589
2 years$21,462$21,063$20,675$20,300$19,935$18,662
3 years$14,166$13,765$13,378$13,006$12,648$11,415
4 years$10,519$10,118$9,736$9,370$9,021$7,839
5 years$8,331$7,933$7,556$7,197$6,857$5,730
6 years$6,873$6,478$6,106$5,756$5,426$4,353
7 years$5,832$5,440$5,074$4,732$4,413$3,395
8 years$5,051$4,663$4,303$3,970$3,661$2,697
9 years$4,444$4,060$3,706$3,381$3,083$2,173
10 years$3,959$3,579$3,231$2,915$2,627$1,769
11 years$3,563$3,186$2,845$2,537$2,259$1,451
12 years$3,232$2,860$2,525$2,225$1,958$1,199
13 years$2,953$2,584$2,256$1,964$1,707$995
14 years$2,714$2,349$2,027$1,744$1,496$830
15 years$2,507$2,146$1,830$1,555$1,318$694
16 years$2,326$1,969$1,659$1,392$1,165$582
17 years$2,166$1,813$1,510$1,251$1,033$489
18 years$2,025$1,675$1,378$1,127$918$412
19 years$1,898$1,553$1,262$1,019$818$348
20 years$1,784$1,443$1,158$923$731$294
21 years$1,681$1,344$1,065$837$654$249
22 years$1,588$1,255$982$761$586$211
23 years$1,503$1,173$906$693$526$178
24 years$1,425$1,099$838$632$473$151
25 years$1,354$1,032$776$578$426$128
26 years$1,288$970$720$528$383$109
27 years$1,227$913$669$483$346$92
28 years$1,170$860$622$443$312$79
29 years$1,118$811$578$406$282$67
30 years$1,069$766$539$373$255$57
31 years$1,023$724$502$342$230$48
32 years$980$685$469$315$208$41
33 years$940$649$438$289$188$35
34 years$903$615$409$266$171$30
35 years$867$583$382$245$154$25
36 years$834$554$358$226$140$21
37 years$802$526$335$208$127$18
38 years$773$500$313$192$115$16
39 years$744$475$294$177$104$13
40 years$718$452$275$163$95$11
41 years$692$430$258$150$86$10
42 years$668$410$242$139$78$8
43 years$646$391$227$128$71$7
44 years$624$372$213$118$64$6
45 years$603$355$200$109$58$5
46 years$583$339$188$101$53$4
47 years$564$323$177$93$48$4
48 years$546$309$166$86$44$3
49 years$529$295$156$80$40$3
50 years$513$281$147$74$36$2

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 51 starting with $525,000, adding $6,054 every year, while hoping to spend $24,293 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: 37/35/28 Blend
50$525,000$525,000$525,000$525,000
51$584,795$556,970$548,832$601,355
52$618,596$558,414$541,371$615,571
53$655,031$559,114$532,845$628,269
54$694,343$559,009$523,193$641,521
55$736,798$558,033$512,352$655,391
56$782,690$556,115$500,255$669,956
57$832,341$553,181$486,830$685,298
58$886,106$549,153$472,005$701,512
59$944,374$543,947$455,702$718,704
60$1,007,573$537,474$437,842$736,993
61$1,076,176$529,640$418,340$756,513
62$1,150,700$520,346$397,108$777,412
63$1,231,715$509,487$374,055$799,858
64$1,319,848$496,950$349,084$824,038
65$1,415,790$482,618$322,095$850,161
66$1,520,299$466,365$292,984$878,461
67$1,634,211$448,058$261,641$909,197
68$1,758,446$427,558$227,951$942,660
69$1,894,015$404,716$191,795$979,173
70$2,042,033$379,376$153,048$1,019,099
71$2,203,726$351,371$111,581$1,062,837
72$2,380,443$320,526$67,257$1,110,835
73$2,573,672$286,655$19,934$1,163,589
74$2,785,049$249,563$0$1,221,653
75$3,016,375$209,043$0$1,294,773
76$3,269,635$164,876$0$1,381,447
77$3,547,014$116,831$0$1,476,520
78$3,850,917$64,663$0$1,580,882
79$4,183,995$8,116$0$1,695,519
80$4,549,166$0$0$1,821,521
81$4,949,643$0$0$1,980,537
82$5,388,969$0$0$2,158,482
83$5,871,040$0$0$2,353,819
84$6,400,154$0$0$2,568,299
85$6,981,041$0$0$2,803,849
86$7,618,912$0$0$3,062,593
87$8,319,509$0$0$3,346,870
88$9,089,156$0$0$3,659,258
89$9,934,821$0$0$4,002,596
90$10,864,178$0$0$4,380,013
91$11,885,684$0$0$4,794,955
92$13,008,654$0$0$5,251,219
93$14,243,353$0$0$5,752,987
94$15,601,086$0$0$6,304,870
95$17,094,313$0$0$6,911,944
96$18,736,760$0$0$7,579,806
97$20,543,549$0$0$8,314,618
98$22,531,344$0$0$9,123,175
99$24,718,502$0$0$10,012,959
100$27,125,253$0$0$10,992,216