Can I retire at age 52 with 526,000?

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:
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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 $526,000?

Depending on your rate of return and investment timeframe, you'll need to save this amount every month.
2%4%6%8%10%17.3%
1 years$43,437$43,050$42,672$42,304$41,944$40,699
2 years$21,503$21,103$20,715$20,338$19,973$18,729
3 years$14,193$13,791$13,404$13,031$12,672$11,468
4 years$10,539$10,138$9,755$9,388$9,038$7,883
5 years$8,347$7,948$7,570$7,211$6,870$5,768
6 years$6,886$6,490$6,118$5,767$5,436$4,387
7 years$5,843$5,451$5,084$4,741$4,421$3,425
8 years$5,061$4,672$4,311$3,977$3,668$2,725
9 years$4,453$4,068$3,713$3,388$3,089$2,197
10 years$3,967$3,586$3,237$2,920$2,632$1,791
11 years$3,570$3,192$2,850$2,541$2,263$1,472
12 years$3,239$2,865$2,529$2,229$1,961$1,217
13 years$2,959$2,589$2,260$1,968$1,710$1,012
14 years$2,719$2,353$2,031$1,747$1,499$845
15 years$2,512$2,150$1,833$1,558$1,320$708
16 years$2,330$1,973$1,662$1,395$1,167$594
17 years$2,171$1,817$1,513$1,253$1,035$500
18 years$2,029$1,679$1,381$1,130$920$422
19 years$1,902$1,556$1,264$1,021$820$357
20 years$1,788$1,446$1,160$924$732$302
21 years$1,685$1,347$1,067$839$655$256
22 years$1,591$1,257$983$763$587$217
23 years$1,506$1,176$908$695$527$184
24 years$1,428$1,102$840$634$474$156
25 years$1,356$1,034$778$579$426$133
26 years$1,290$972$721$529$384$113
27 years$1,229$914$670$484$346$96
28 years$1,172$862$623$444$313$82
29 years$1,120$813$579$407$282$70
30 years$1,071$768$540$373$255$59
31 years$1,025$726$503$343$231$50
32 years$982$687$469$315$209$43
33 years$942$650$438$290$189$37
34 years$904$616$410$267$171$31
35 years$869$584$383$245$155$27
36 years$835$555$358$226$140$23
37 years$804$527$335$208$127$19
38 years$774$501$314$192$115$16
39 years$746$476$294$177$104$14
40 years$719$453$276$163$95$12
41 years$694$431$259$151$86$10
42 years$670$411$243$139$78$9
43 years$647$391$228$128$71$7
44 years$625$373$214$119$64$6
45 years$604$356$201$109$58$5
46 years$584$339$188$101$53$5
47 years$565$324$177$93$48$4
48 years$547$309$166$86$44$3
49 years$530$295$156$80$40$3
50 years$514$282$147$74$36$2

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 52 starting with $526,000, adding $6,069 every year, while hoping to spend $21,439 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: 58/26/16 Blend
51$526,000$526,000$526,000$526,000
52$585,912$558,034$549,881$617,135
53$622,864$562,567$545,491$643,509
54$662,867$566,603$540,236$669,365
55$706,209$570,096$534,063$697,056
56$753,207$572,996$526,919$726,764
57$804,210$575,249$518,747$758,687
58$859,602$576,799$509,488$793,046
59$919,806$577,585$499,079$830,084
60$985,284$577,545$487,457$870,069
61$1,056,548$576,610$474,552$913,299
62$1,134,161$574,709$460,294$960,100
63$1,218,740$571,764$444,608$1,010,836
64$1,310,966$567,696$427,417$1,065,907
65$1,411,589$562,417$408,640$1,125,754
66$1,521,432$555,837$388,191$1,190,866
67$1,641,405$547,859$365,982$1,261,783
68$1,772,505$538,381$341,919$1,339,098
69$1,915,833$527,295$315,906$1,423,471
70$2,072,601$514,485$287,842$1,515,628
71$2,244,141$499,830$257,620$1,616,369
72$2,431,923$483,201$225,130$1,726,581
73$2,637,564$464,462$190,256$1,847,240
74$2,862,843$443,469$152,877$1,979,427
75$3,109,723$420,069$112,869$2,124,331
76$3,380,363$394,100$70,098$2,283,268
77$3,677,142$365,393$24,428$2,457,689
78$4,002,680$333,767$0$2,649,196
79$4,359,863$299,030$0$2,863,706
80$4,751,869$260,983$0$3,103,742
81$5,182,199$219,411$0$3,367,307
82$5,654,711$174,089$0$3,656,806
83$6,173,652$124,781$0$3,974,889
84$6,743,704$71,234$0$4,324,478
85$7,370,022$13,184$0$4,708,797
86$8,058,285$0$0$5,131,400
87$8,814,752$0$0$5,610,410
88$9,646,316$0$0$6,141,168
89$10,560,572$0$0$6,724,756
90$11,565,887$0$0$7,366,522
91$12,671,481$0$0$8,072,356
92$13,887,511$0$0$8,848,751
93$15,225,167$0$0$9,702,858
94$16,696,780$0$0$10,642,558
95$18,315,934$0$0$11,676,532
96$20,097,599$0$0$12,814,347
97$22,058,267$0$0$14,066,543
98$24,216,110$0$0$15,444,736
99$26,591,152$0$0$16,961,721
100$29,205,456$0$0$18,631,600