Can I retire at age 51 with 986,000?

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 $986,000?

Depending on your rate of return and investment timeframe, you'll need to save this amount every month.
2%4%6%8%10%19.7%
1 years$81,423$80,698$79,990$79,299$78,625$75,565
2 years$40,308$39,558$38,830$38,125$37,440$34,395
3 years$26,605$25,851$25,126$24,427$23,754$20,818
4 years$19,755$19,004$18,285$17,598$16,941$14,138
5 years$15,646$14,899$14,190$13,517$12,879$10,215
6 years$12,908$12,166$11,468$10,810$10,190$7,668
7 years$10,952$10,217$9,530$8,887$8,288$5,905
8 years$9,487$8,758$8,082$7,455$6,875$4,631
9 years$8,347$7,625$6,961$6,350$5,790$3,680
10 years$7,436$6,721$6,069$5,474$4,933$2,954
11 years$6,691$5,984$5,343$4,764$4,243$2,390
12 years$6,071$5,371$4,742$4,179$3,677$1,945
13 years$5,546$4,853$4,236$3,689$3,206$1,591
14 years$5,097$4,412$3,806$3,275$2,811$1,306
15 years$4,708$4,030$3,437$2,921$2,475$1,076
16 years$4,368$3,698$3,116$2,615$2,187$888
17 years$4,069$3,405$2,835$2,350$1,939$735
18 years$3,803$3,147$2,588$2,117$1,724$609
19 years$3,565$2,916$2,369$1,913$1,537$505
20 years$3,351$2,710$2,174$1,733$1,373$420
21 years$3,158$2,524$2,000$1,573$1,228$349
22 years$2,983$2,356$1,843$1,430$1,101$290
23 years$2,823$2,204$1,702$1,302$988$242
24 years$2,676$2,065$1,574$1,188$888$202
25 years$2,542$1,938$1,458$1,085$799$168
26 years$2,418$1,821$1,352$992$720$140
27 years$2,304$1,714$1,256$908$649$117
28 years$2,198$1,615$1,167$832$586$97
29 years$2,099$1,524$1,086$763$529$81
30 years$2,007$1,439$1,012$700$478$68
31 years$1,921$1,360$943$643$432$57
32 years$1,841$1,287$880$591$391$47
33 years$1,766$1,219$822$543$354$40
34 years$1,695$1,155$768$500$320$33
35 years$1,629$1,096$718$460$290$28
36 years$1,566$1,040$672$424$263$23
37 years$1,507$988$629$391$238$19
38 years$1,451$939$589$360$216$16
39 years$1,398$893$551$332$196$13
40 years$1,348$849$517$306$178$11
41 years$1,300$808$485$282$161$9
42 years$1,255$770$455$261$146$8
43 years$1,212$734$427$241$133$7
44 years$1,172$699$400$222$120$5
45 years$1,133$667$376$205$109$5
46 years$1,095$636$353$190$99$4
47 years$1,060$607$332$175$90$3
48 years$1,026$579$312$162$82$3
49 years$994$553$293$150$74$2
50 years$963$529$276$138$68$2

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 51 starting with $986,000, adding $5,034 every year, while hoping to spend $55,475 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: 49/45/6 Blend
50$986,000$986,000$986,000$986,000
51$1,091,765$1,039,507$1,024,224$1,143,358
52$1,144,100$1,031,417$999,510$1,171,021
53$1,199,913$1,021,073$972,109$1,194,715
54$1,259,503$1,008,303$941,873$1,219,131
55$1,323,191$992,930$908,645$1,244,351
56$1,391,336$974,762$872,264$1,270,467
57$1,464,326$953,600$832,559$1,297,584
58$1,542,591$929,229$789,353$1,325,823
59$1,626,598$901,425$742,460$1,355,318
60$1,716,865$869,948$691,685$1,386,224
61$1,813,956$834,546$636,827$1,418,714
62$1,918,492$794,951$577,674$1,452,985
63$2,031,155$750,881$514,003$1,489,257
64$2,152,695$702,036$445,584$1,527,780
65$2,283,934$648,100$372,175$1,568,833
66$2,425,777$588,739$293,525$1,612,733
67$2,579,218$523,599$209,370$1,659,833
68$2,745,349$452,306$119,435$1,710,529
69$2,925,372$374,466$23,433$1,765,266
70$3,120,607$289,662$0$1,824,543
71$3,332,506$197,453$0$1,893,975
72$3,562,668$97,374$0$1,971,055
73$3,812,849$0$0$2,055,001
74$4,084,982$0$0$2,152,089
75$4,381,194$0$0$2,310,345
76$4,703,826$0$0$2,482,814
77$5,055,452$0$0$2,670,885
78$5,438,907$0$0$2,876,086
79$5,857,310$0$0$3,100,099
80$6,314,094$0$0$3,344,778
81$6,813,040$0$0$3,612,160
82$7,358,307$0$0$3,904,491
83$7,954,478$0$0$4,224,242
84$8,606,595$0$0$4,574,136
85$9,320,212$0$0$4,957,167
86$10,101,444$0$0$5,376,636
87$10,957,024$0$0$5,836,178
88$11,894,369$0$0$6,339,792
89$12,921,644$0$0$6,891,888
90$14,047,843$0$0$7,497,319
91$15,282,874$0$0$8,161,431
92$16,637,644$0$0$8,890,113
93$18,124,173$0$0$9,689,852
94$19,755,697$0$0$10,567,792
95$21,546,797$0$0$11,531,803
96$23,513,533$0$0$12,590,556
97$25,673,598$0$0$13,753,600
98$28,046,483$0$0$15,031,457
99$30,653,659$0$0$16,435,718
100$33,518,780$0$0$17,979,151