Can I retire at age 52 with 278,000?

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 $278,000?

Depending on your rate of return and investment timeframe, you'll need to save this amount every month.
2%4%6%8%10%16.4%
1 years$22,957$22,752$22,553$22,358$22,168$21,588
2 years$11,365$11,153$10,948$10,749$10,556$9,976
3 years$7,501$7,289$7,084$6,887$6,697$6,135
4 years$5,570$5,358$5,155$4,962$4,777$4,236
5 years$4,411$4,201$4,001$3,811$3,631$3,114
6 years$3,639$3,430$3,233$3,048$2,873$2,381
7 years$3,088$2,881$2,687$2,506$2,337$1,868
8 years$2,675$2,469$2,279$2,102$1,938$1,494
9 years$2,353$2,150$1,963$1,790$1,632$1,211
10 years$2,097$1,895$1,711$1,543$1,391$993
11 years$1,887$1,687$1,506$1,343$1,196$821
12 years$1,712$1,514$1,337$1,178$1,037$683
13 years$1,564$1,368$1,194$1,040$904$571
14 years$1,437$1,244$1,073$923$792$480
15 years$1,327$1,136$969$823$698$404
16 years$1,232$1,043$878$737$617$342
17 years$1,147$960$799$662$547$290
18 years$1,072$887$730$597$486$246
19 years$1,005$822$668$539$433$209
20 years$945$764$613$489$387$178
21 years$890$712$564$443$346$152
22 years$841$664$520$403$310$130
23 years$796$621$480$367$279$111
24 years$755$582$444$335$250$95
25 years$717$546$411$306$225$81
26 years$682$513$381$280$203$70
27 years$650$483$354$256$183$60
28 years$620$455$329$235$165$51
29 years$592$430$306$215$149$44
30 years$566$406$285$197$135$38
31 years$542$384$266$181$122$32
32 years$519$363$248$167$110$28
33 years$498$344$232$153$100$24
34 years$478$326$216$141$90$20
35 years$459$309$202$130$82$17
36 years$442$293$189$119$74$15
37 years$425$278$177$110$67$13
38 years$409$265$166$101$61$11
39 years$394$252$155$94$55$10
40 years$380$239$146$86$50$8
41 years$367$228$137$80$45$7
42 years$354$217$128$73$41$6
43 years$342$207$120$68$37$5
44 years$330$197$113$63$34$4
45 years$319$188$106$58$31$4
46 years$309$179$100$53$28$3
47 years$299$171$94$49$25$3
48 years$289$163$88$46$23$2
49 years$280$156$83$42$21$2
50 years$271$149$78$39$19$2

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 52 starting with $278,000, adding $6,942 every year, while hoping to spend $20,234 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: 73/11/16 Blend
51$278,000$278,000$278,000$278,000
52$313,517$298,783$294,474$334,772
53$323,967$291,894$282,810$342,900
54$334,804$283,990$270,077$348,658
55$346,048$274,999$256,218$354,434
56$357,717$264,846$241,173$360,223
57$369,831$253,451$224,880$366,023
58$382,414$240,730$207,274$371,832
59$395,488$226,594$188,285$377,646
60$409,079$210,948$167,844$383,463
61$423,214$193,693$145,875$389,282
62$437,921$174,724$122,302$395,100
63$453,232$153,928$97,042$400,917
64$469,180$131,189$70,011$406,732
65$485,801$106,381$41,120$412,544
66$503,133$79,374$10,278$418,354
67$521,218$50,029$0$424,164
68$540,100$18,199$0$433,841
69$559,829$0$0$445,649
70$580,457$0$0$459,822
71$602,039$0$0$476,959
72$624,638$0$0$494,907
73$648,319$0$0$513,719
74$673,155$0$0$533,452
75$699,223$0$0$554,168
76$726,609$0$0$575,937
77$755,404$0$0$598,831
78$785,708$0$0$622,930
79$817,631$0$0$648,323
80$851,292$0$0$675,104
81$886,819$0$0$703,378
82$924,353$0$0$733,257
83$964,049$0$0$764,865
84$1,006,075$0$0$798,336
85$1,050,613$0$0$833,819
86$1,097,865$0$0$871,473
87$1,148,049$0$0$911,475
88$1,201,405$0$0$954,018
89$1,258,196$0$0$999,311
90$1,318,708$0$0$1,047,586
91$1,383,256$0$0$1,099,094
92$1,452,185$0$0$1,154,114
93$1,525,870$0$0$1,212,946
94$1,604,727$0$0$1,275,925
95$1,689,209$0$0$1,343,414
96$1,779,813$0$0$1,415,814
97$1,877,085$0$0$1,493,562
98$1,981,625$0$0$1,577,141
99$2,094,089$0$0$1,667,079
100$2,215,201$0$0$1,763,956