Can I retire at age 54 with 491,000?

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 $491,000?

Depending on your rate of return and investment timeframe, you'll need to save this amount every month.
2%4%6%8%10%12.1%
1 years$40,546$40,185$39,833$39,489$39,153$38,809
2 years$20,072$19,699$19,336$18,985$18,644$18,297
3 years$13,249$12,873$12,512$12,164$11,829$11,490
4 years$9,838$9,463$9,105$8,763$8,436$8,108
5 years$7,791$7,419$7,066$6,731$6,413$6,097
6 years$6,428$6,058$5,711$5,383$5,075$4,770
7 years$5,454$5,088$4,745$4,426$4,127$3,835
8 years$4,724$4,361$4,025$3,713$3,424$3,144
9 years$4,157$3,797$3,466$3,162$2,883$2,615
10 years$3,703$3,347$3,022$2,726$2,457$2,201
11 years$3,332$2,980$2,661$2,372$2,113$1,869
12 years$3,023$2,674$2,361$2,081$1,831$1,598
13 years$2,762$2,417$2,110$1,837$1,597$1,375
14 years$2,538$2,197$1,895$1,631$1,400$1,189
15 years$2,345$2,007$1,711$1,454$1,232$1,033
16 years$2,175$1,841$1,552$1,302$1,089$900
17 years$2,026$1,696$1,412$1,170$966$786
18 years$1,894$1,567$1,289$1,054$859$689
19 years$1,775$1,452$1,180$953$765$605
20 years$1,669$1,349$1,083$863$684$532
21 years$1,573$1,257$996$783$612$469
22 years$1,485$1,173$918$712$548$414
23 years$1,406$1,097$848$648$492$366
24 years$1,333$1,028$784$591$442$324
25 years$1,266$965$726$540$398$287
26 years$1,204$907$673$494$359$254
27 years$1,147$853$625$452$323$225
28 years$1,094$804$581$414$292$200
29 years$1,045$759$541$380$263$178
30 years$999$717$504$349$238$158
31 years$957$677$470$320$215$140
32 years$917$641$438$294$195$125
33 years$879$607$409$271$176$111
34 years$844$575$382$249$159$99
35 years$811$546$357$229$144$88
36 years$780$518$334$211$131$78
37 years$750$492$313$194$119$70
38 years$723$467$293$179$108$62
39 years$696$444$275$165$98$55
40 years$671$423$257$152$88$49
41 years$648$403$241$141$80$44
42 years$625$383$226$130$73$39
43 years$604$365$212$120$66$35
44 years$583$348$199$111$60$31
45 years$564$332$187$102$54$28
46 years$545$317$176$94$49$25
47 years$528$302$165$87$45$22
48 years$511$289$155$81$41$20
49 years$495$276$146$74$37$17
50 years$479$263$137$69$34$16

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 54 starting with $491,000, adding $3,641 every year, while hoping to spend $36,179 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: 52/23/25 Blend
53$491,000$491,000$491,000$491,000
54$544,838$518,815$511,204$569,198
55$561,917$505,742$489,835$573,381
56$579,526$490,817$466,538$573,939
57$597,680$473,910$441,210$573,809
58$616,396$454,884$413,742$572,941
59$635,689$433,594$384,024$571,279
60$655,579$409,889$351,938$568,766
61$676,080$383,607$317,361$565,342
62$697,213$354,576$280,165$560,943
63$718,994$322,616$240,216$555,502
64$741,443$287,535$197,375$548,946
65$764,579$249,133$151,496$541,201
66$788,422$207,196$102,426$532,187
67$812,990$161,498$50,007$521,821
68$838,306$111,802$0$510,013
69$864,389$57,856$0$498,254
70$891,260$0$0$499,200
71$918,942$0$0$499,595
72$947,455$0$0$515,084
73$976,822$0$0$531,035
74$1,007,066$0$0$547,461
75$1,038,209$0$0$564,374
76$1,070,273$0$0$581,786
77$1,103,283$0$0$599,708
78$1,137,260$0$0$618,155
79$1,172,229$0$0$637,136
80$1,208,211$0$0$656,666
81$1,245,231$0$0$676,756
82$1,283,312$0$0$697,418
83$1,322,475$0$0$718,664
84$1,362,743$0$0$740,505
85$1,404,138$0$0$762,954
86$1,446,680$0$0$786,020
87$1,490,391$0$0$809,713
88$1,535,288$0$0$834,045
89$1,581,391$0$0$859,023
90$1,628,716$0$0$884,656
91$1,677,277$0$0$910,950
92$1,727,089$0$0$937,913
93$1,778,161$0$0$965,549
94$1,830,502$0$0$993,860
95$1,884,117$0$0$1,022,848
96$1,939,009$0$0$1,052,513
97$1,995,175$0$0$1,082,852
98$2,052,609$0$0$1,113,860
99$2,111,301$0$0$1,145,527
100$2,171,232$0$0$1,177,844