Can I retire at age 51 with 551,000?

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:
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 $551,000?

Depending on your rate of return and investment timeframe, you'll need to save this amount every month.
2%4%6%8%10%16.3%
1 years$45,501$45,096$44,700$44,314$43,938$42,806
2 years$22,525$22,106$21,699$21,305$20,923$19,790
3 years$14,868$14,446$14,041$13,650$13,274$12,176
4 years$11,040$10,620$10,218$9,834$9,467$8,412
5 years$8,743$8,326$7,930$7,554$7,197$6,188
6 years$7,213$6,799$6,408$6,041$5,695$4,732
7 years$6,120$5,710$5,325$4,966$4,631$3,716
8 years$5,301$4,894$4,516$4,166$3,842$2,973
9 years$4,665$4,261$3,890$3,549$3,236$2,412
10 years$4,155$3,756$3,391$3,059$2,757$1,978
11 years$3,739$3,344$2,986$2,662$2,371$1,636
12 years$3,393$3,001$2,650$2,335$2,055$1,362
13 years$3,099$2,712$2,367$2,062$1,792$1,140
14 years$2,848$2,465$2,127$1,830$1,571$958
15 years$2,631$2,252$1,920$1,632$1,383$808
16 years$2,441$2,066$1,741$1,461$1,222$684
17 years$2,274$1,903$1,584$1,313$1,084$580
18 years$2,125$1,758$1,446$1,183$964$493
19 years$1,992$1,630$1,324$1,069$859$420
20 years$1,873$1,514$1,215$968$767$358
21 years$1,765$1,411$1,118$879$686$306
22 years$1,667$1,317$1,030$799$615$261
23 years$1,577$1,232$951$728$552$223
24 years$1,496$1,154$880$664$496$191
25 years$1,421$1,083$815$606$447$164
26 years$1,351$1,018$756$554$402$140
27 years$1,287$958$702$507$363$120
28 years$1,228$903$652$465$327$103
29 years$1,173$851$607$426$296$89
30 years$1,122$804$565$391$267$76
31 years$1,074$760$527$359$241$65
32 years$1,029$719$492$330$218$56
33 years$987$681$459$304$198$48
34 years$947$646$429$279$179$41
35 years$910$612$401$257$162$36
36 years$875$581$375$237$147$31
37 years$842$552$351$218$133$26
38 years$811$525$329$201$121$23
39 years$781$499$308$185$109$19
40 years$753$475$289$171$99$17
41 years$727$452$271$158$90$14
42 years$702$430$254$146$82$12
43 years$678$410$238$134$74$11
44 years$655$391$224$124$67$9
45 years$633$373$210$115$61$8
46 years$612$355$197$106$55$7
47 years$592$339$185$98$50$6
48 years$573$324$174$90$46$5
49 years$555$309$164$84$42$4
50 years$538$295$154$77$38$4

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 51 starting with $551,000, adding $2,795 every year, while hoping to spend $24,232 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: 73/13/14 Blend
50$551,000$551,000$551,000$551,000
51$610,085$580,882$572,342$652,569
52$646,531$583,563$565,732$683,750
53$685,882$585,562$558,090$714,642
54$728,410$586,822$549,353$747,833
55$774,411$587,280$539,460$783,544
56$824,213$586,869$528,344$822,020
57$878,175$585,518$515,936$863,529
58$936,693$583,152$502,164$908,371
59$1,000,202$579,693$486,952$956,872
60$1,069,179$575,055$470,222$1,009,394
61$1,144,152$569,148$451,890$1,066,338
62$1,225,697$561,879$431,871$1,128,142
63$1,314,453$553,146$410,073$1,195,292
64$1,411,120$542,842$386,403$1,268,325
65$1,516,468$530,856$360,762$1,347,830
66$1,631,347$517,066$333,046$1,434,458
67$1,756,689$501,348$303,148$1,528,929
68$1,893,523$483,565$270,955$1,632,034
69$2,042,981$463,578$236,350$1,744,648
70$2,206,306$441,235$199,210$1,867,734
71$2,384,872$416,378$159,406$2,002,355
72$2,580,187$388,839$116,804$2,149,684
73$2,793,915$358,440$71,266$2,311,014
74$3,027,885$324,994$22,643$2,487,770
75$3,284,113$288,303$0$2,681,526
76$3,564,819$248,156$0$2,898,384
77$3,872,447$204,332$0$3,139,781
78$4,209,689$156,598$0$3,404,465
79$4,579,512$104,705$0$3,694,788
80$4,985,180$48,394$0$4,013,342
81$5,430,291$0$0$4,362,982
82$5,918,807$0$0$4,748,660
83$6,455,092$0$0$5,179,677
84$7,043,954$0$0$5,652,978
85$7,690,689$0$0$6,172,822
86$8,401,130$0$0$6,743,902
87$9,181,706$0$0$7,371,388
88$10,039,495$0$0$8,060,975
89$10,982,299$0$0$8,818,937
90$12,018,710$0$0$9,652,188
91$13,158,196$0$0$10,568,343
92$14,411,186$0$0$11,575,792
93$15,789,174$0$0$12,683,779
94$17,304,821$0$0$13,902,489
95$18,972,075$0$0$15,243,144
96$20,806,307$0$0$16,718,108
97$22,824,453$0$0$18,341,004
98$25,045,169$0$0$20,126,840
99$27,489,017$0$0$22,092,157
100$30,178,648$0$0$24,255,175