Can I retire at age 51 with 999,000?

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:
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Modify Cash Returns:
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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 $999,000?

Depending on your rate of return and investment timeframe, you'll need to save this amount every month.
2%4%6%8%10%18.9%
1 years$82,496$81,762$81,045$80,345$79,662$76,805
2 years$40,840$40,079$39,342$38,627$37,934$35,087
3 years$26,956$26,192$25,457$24,749$24,067$21,319
4 years$20,016$19,254$18,526$17,830$17,165$14,536
5 years$15,852$15,095$14,377$13,695$13,048$10,547
6 years$13,078$12,327$11,619$10,952$10,325$7,952
7 years$11,097$10,352$9,655$9,004$8,397$6,152
8 years$9,612$8,873$8,188$7,554$6,966$4,848
9 years$8,457$7,726$7,053$6,434$5,866$3,872
10 years$7,534$6,810$6,149$5,546$4,998$3,124
11 years$6,779$6,063$5,413$4,827$4,299$2,540
12 years$6,151$5,441$4,804$4,234$3,725$2,079
13 years$5,620$4,917$4,292$3,738$3,248$1,709
14 years$5,164$4,470$3,857$3,318$2,848$1,411
15 years$4,770$4,083$3,482$2,959$2,507$1,169
16 years$4,426$3,746$3,157$2,650$2,216$971
17 years$4,122$3,450$2,873$2,381$1,965$808
18 years$3,853$3,188$2,622$2,145$1,747$673
19 years$3,612$2,955$2,401$1,939$1,557$562
20 years$3,395$2,746$2,203$1,756$1,391$470
21 years$3,200$2,558$2,026$1,593$1,245$393
22 years$3,022$2,387$1,868$1,449$1,116$329
23 years$2,860$2,233$1,725$1,319$1,001$276
24 years$2,712$2,092$1,595$1,203$900$231
25 years$2,576$1,963$1,477$1,099$810$194
26 years$2,450$1,845$1,370$1,005$730$163
27 years$2,334$1,736$1,272$920$658$137
28 years$2,227$1,636$1,183$843$594$115
29 years$2,127$1,544$1,101$773$536$96
30 years$2,034$1,458$1,025$709$484$81
31 years$1,947$1,378$956$651$438$68
32 years$1,865$1,304$892$599$396$57
33 years$1,789$1,235$833$550$358$48
34 years$1,717$1,170$778$507$325$40
35 years$1,650$1,110$727$466$294$34
36 years$1,587$1,054$680$429$266$29
37 years$1,527$1,001$637$396$241$24
38 years$1,470$951$596$365$219$20
39 years$1,417$904$559$336$198$17
40 years$1,366$860$524$310$180$14
41 years$1,318$819$491$286$163$12
42 years$1,272$780$461$264$148$10
43 years$1,228$743$432$244$134$8
44 years$1,187$708$406$225$122$7
45 years$1,147$676$381$208$111$6
46 years$1,110$644$358$192$101$5
47 years$1,074$615$336$177$91$4
48 years$1,040$587$316$164$83$4
49 years$1,007$561$297$151$75$3
50 years$975$536$279$140$68$3

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 51 starting with $999,000, adding $5,198 every year, while hoping to spend $47,306 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: 70/17/13 Blend
50$999,000$999,000$999,000$999,000
51$1,106,260$1,053,313$1,037,828$1,180,193
52$1,168,765$1,054,592$1,022,262$1,231,229
53$1,236,060$1,054,348$1,004,589$1,280,856
54$1,308,584$1,052,457$984,689$1,333,928
55$1,386,819$1,048,786$962,435$1,390,775
56$1,471,293$1,043,196$937,695$1,451,764
57$1,562,589$1,035,536$910,332$1,517,298
58$1,661,345$1,025,650$880,201$1,587,823
59$1,768,265$1,013,369$847,150$1,663,831
60$1,884,121$998,517$811,022$1,745,866
61$2,009,762$980,905$771,652$1,834,526
62$2,146,123$960,334$728,867$1,930,474
63$2,294,230$936,594$682,487$2,034,440
64$2,455,214$909,459$632,323$2,147,232
65$2,630,318$878,695$578,178$2,269,740
66$2,820,910$844,051$519,847$2,402,947
67$3,028,495$805,261$457,113$2,547,938
68$3,254,729$762,046$389,754$2,705,910
69$3,501,434$714,109$317,534$2,878,186
70$3,770,617$661,138$240,208$3,066,224
71$4,064,486$602,799$157,521$3,271,635
72$4,385,472$538,744$69,206$3,496,195
73$4,736,250$468,603$0$3,741,865
74$5,119,766$391,983$0$4,014,284
75$5,539,264$308,472$0$4,322,834
76$5,998,315$217,633$0$4,660,584
77$6,500,852$119,006$0$5,030,485
78$7,051,205$12,103$0$5,435,791
79$7,654,143$0$0$5,880,087
80$8,314,917$0$0$6,386,707
81$9,039,312$0$0$6,944,642
82$9,833,698$0$0$7,556,540
83$10,705,092$0$0$8,227,814
84$11,661,220$0$0$8,964,424
85$12,710,597$0$0$9,772,935
86$13,862,597$0$0$10,660,579
87$15,127,551$0$0$11,635,324
88$16,516,835$0$0$12,705,945
89$18,042,984$0$0$13,882,109
90$19,719,805$0$0$15,174,467
91$21,562,510$0$0$16,594,752
92$23,587,856$0$0$18,155,889
93$25,814,305$0$0$19,872,119
94$28,262,198$0$0$21,759,130
95$30,953,943$0$0$23,834,209
96$33,914,229$0$0$26,116,398
97$37,170,259$0$0$28,626,681
98$40,752,002$0$0$31,388,174
99$44,692,480$0$0$34,426,349
100$49,028,075$0$0$37,769,271