Can I retire at age 51 with 553,000?

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 $553,000?

Depending on your rate of return and investment timeframe, you'll need to save this amount every month.
2%4%6%8%10%17.8%
1 years$45,666$45,259$44,863$44,475$44,097$42,703
2 years$22,607$22,186$21,778$21,382$20,999$19,606
3 years$14,922$14,499$14,092$13,700$13,322$11,976
4 years$11,080$10,658$10,255$9,870$9,502$8,211
5 years$8,775$8,356$7,958$7,581$7,223$5,992
6 years$7,239$6,823$6,432$6,063$5,715$4,545
7 years$6,143$5,730$5,345$4,984$4,648$3,539
8 years$5,321$4,912$4,533$4,181$3,856$2,807
9 years$4,681$4,277$3,904$3,562$3,247$2,257
10 years$4,171$3,770$3,404$3,070$2,767$1,833
11 years$3,753$3,356$2,997$2,672$2,380$1,502
12 years$3,405$3,012$2,659$2,344$2,062$1,238
13 years$3,111$2,722$2,376$2,069$1,798$1,026
14 years$2,859$2,474$2,135$1,837$1,576$853
15 years$2,641$2,260$1,927$1,638$1,388$712
16 years$2,450$2,074$1,747$1,467$1,227$596
17 years$2,282$1,910$1,590$1,318$1,088$500
18 years$2,133$1,765$1,452$1,188$967$420
19 years$1,999$1,636$1,329$1,073$862$354
20 years$1,879$1,520$1,220$972$770$298
21 years$1,771$1,416$1,122$882$689$252
22 years$1,673$1,322$1,034$802$618$213
23 years$1,583$1,236$955$730$554$180
24 years$1,501$1,158$883$666$498$152
25 years$1,426$1,087$818$608$448$129
26 years$1,356$1,021$758$556$404$109
27 years$1,292$961$704$509$364$92
28 years$1,233$906$655$466$329$78
29 years$1,177$854$609$428$297$66
30 years$1,126$807$567$393$268$56
31 years$1,078$763$529$361$242$48
32 years$1,033$722$494$331$219$40
33 years$990$684$461$305$198$34
34 years$951$648$431$280$180$29
35 years$913$615$403$258$163$25
36 years$878$583$377$238$147$21
37 years$845$554$353$219$134$18
38 years$814$526$330$202$121$15
39 years$784$501$309$186$110$13
40 years$756$476$290$172$100$11
41 years$729$453$272$158$90$9
42 years$704$432$255$146$82$8
43 years$680$411$239$135$74$7
44 years$657$392$225$125$68$6
45 years$635$374$211$115$61$5
46 years$614$357$198$106$56$4
47 years$594$340$186$98$51$3
48 years$575$325$175$91$46$3
49 years$557$310$164$84$42$2
50 years$540$296$155$78$38$2

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 51 starting with $553,000, adding $4,775 every year, while hoping to spend $36,660 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: 34/37/29 Blend
50$553,000$553,000$553,000$553,000
51$614,331$585,022$576,451$629,705
52$637,987$574,683$556,756$631,400
53$662,827$562,607$535,173$629,628
54$688,934$548,673$511,599$627,015
55$716,396$532,749$485,928$623,511
56$745,310$514,696$458,049$619,067
57$775,783$494,367$427,845$613,628
58$807,929$471,607$395,194$607,143
59$841,874$446,252$359,969$599,556
60$877,755$418,129$322,038$590,811
61$915,721$387,052$281,262$580,851
62$955,936$352,828$237,495$569,620
63$998,577$315,252$190,586$557,058
64$1,043,839$274,107$140,378$543,106
65$1,091,935$229,162$86,705$527,708
66$1,143,098$180,177$29,395$510,803
67$1,197,582$126,895$0$492,335
68$1,255,668$69,045$0$482,076
69$1,317,661$6,342$0$480,488
70$1,383,895$0$0$478,473
71$1,454,737$0$0$501,092
72$1,530,591$0$0$528,127
73$1,611,896$0$0$557,162
74$1,699,139$0$0$588,377
75$1,792,849$0$0$621,968
76$1,893,611$0$0$658,153
77$2,002,063$0$0$697,171
78$2,118,910$0$0$739,283
79$2,244,923$0$0$784,777
80$2,380,951$0$0$833,968
81$2,527,925$0$0$887,206
82$2,686,871$0$0$944,871
83$2,858,914$0$0$1,007,384
84$3,045,291$0$0$1,075,206
85$3,247,365$0$0$1,148,846
86$3,466,630$0$0$1,228,863
87$3,704,734$0$0$1,315,870
88$3,963,486$0$0$1,410,544
89$4,244,879$0$0$1,513,630
90$4,551,102$0$0$1,625,945
91$4,884,568$0$0$1,748,391
92$5,247,929$0$0$1,881,960
93$5,644,104$0$0$2,027,742
94$6,076,307$0$0$2,186,940
95$6,548,074$0$0$2,360,875
96$7,063,300$0$0$2,551,004
97$7,626,269$0$0$2,758,930
98$8,241,700$0$0$2,986,418
99$8,914,787$0$0$3,235,410
100$9,651,252$0$0$3,508,048