Can I retire at age 54 with 497,000?

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 $497,000?

Depending on your rate of return and investment timeframe, you'll need to save this amount every month.
2%4%6%8%10%13.7%
1 years$41,042$40,676$40,320$39,971$39,631$39,023
2 years$20,318$19,939$19,573$19,217$18,872$18,261
3 years$13,411$13,031$12,665$12,313$11,973$11,378
4 years$9,958$9,579$9,217$8,870$8,539$7,964
5 years$7,887$7,510$7,153$6,813$6,492$5,939
6 years$6,506$6,132$5,780$5,449$5,137$4,607
7 years$5,521$5,150$4,803$4,480$4,177$3,670
8 years$4,782$4,415$4,074$3,758$3,466$2,982
9 years$4,207$3,844$3,509$3,201$2,918$2,457
10 years$3,748$3,388$3,059$2,759$2,487$2,048
11 years$3,373$3,016$2,693$2,401$2,139$1,722
12 years$3,060$2,707$2,390$2,106$1,853$1,458
13 years$2,796$2,446$2,135$1,860$1,616$1,241
14 years$2,569$2,224$1,919$1,651$1,417$1,062
15 years$2,373$2,031$1,732$1,472$1,247$912
16 years$2,202$1,864$1,571$1,318$1,102$786
17 years$2,051$1,716$1,429$1,184$977$679
18 years$1,917$1,586$1,305$1,067$869$588
19 years$1,797$1,470$1,194$964$775$511
20 years$1,689$1,366$1,096$873$692$444
21 years$1,592$1,272$1,008$793$619$387
22 years$1,503$1,188$929$721$555$337
23 years$1,423$1,111$858$656$498$294
24 years$1,349$1,041$793$599$448$257
25 years$1,281$977$735$547$403$225
26 years$1,219$918$682$500$363$197
27 years$1,161$864$633$458$327$172
28 years$1,108$814$588$419$295$151
29 years$1,058$768$548$384$267$132
30 years$1,012$725$510$353$241$116
31 years$968$686$475$324$218$102
32 years$928$649$444$298$197$89
33 years$890$614$414$274$178$78
34 years$854$582$387$252$161$69
35 years$821$552$362$232$146$60
36 years$789$524$338$214$132$53
37 years$760$498$317$197$120$47
38 years$731$473$297$181$109$41
39 years$705$450$278$167$99$36
40 years$679$428$261$154$90$32
41 years$656$407$244$142$81$28
42 years$633$388$229$131$74$24
43 years$611$370$215$121$67$21
44 years$591$352$202$112$61$19
45 years$571$336$190$103$55$17
46 years$552$321$178$96$50$15
47 years$534$306$167$88$45$13
48 years$517$292$157$82$41$11
49 years$501$279$148$75$37$10
50 years$485$266$139$70$34$9

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 54 starting with $497,000, adding $2,222 every year, while hoping to spend $36,979 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: 65/20/15 Blend
53$497,000$497,000$497,000$497,000
54$549,986$523,645$515,941$583,614
55$566,739$509,958$493,880$592,700
56$583,962$494,361$469,840$598,138
57$601,663$476,722$443,717$603,171
58$619,851$456,899$415,400$607,757
59$638,533$434,745$384,773$611,854
60$657,718$410,103$351,718$615,416
61$677,413$382,805$316,108$618,393
62$697,624$352,678$277,813$620,734
63$718,357$319,534$236,694$622,381
64$739,615$283,177$192,610$623,276
65$761,404$243,401$145,410$623,354
66$783,725$199,985$94,939$622,547
67$806,580$152,699$41,035$620,782
68$829,968$101,298$0$617,981
69$853,886$45,524$0$616,701
70$878,331$0$0$621,393
71$903,295$0$0$628,696
72$928,771$0$0$646,367
73$954,745$0$0$664,376
74$981,202$0$0$682,713
75$1,008,124$0$0$701,364
76$1,035,487$0$0$720,310
77$1,063,265$0$0$739,532
78$1,091,423$0$0$759,007
79$1,119,924$0$0$778,705
80$1,148,724$0$0$798,594
81$1,177,770$0$0$818,636
82$1,207,002$0$0$838,788
83$1,236,354$0$0$858,999
84$1,265,745$0$0$879,215
85$1,295,088$0$0$899,369
86$1,324,281$0$0$919,388
87$1,353,210$0$0$939,190
88$1,381,747$0$0$958,683
89$1,409,745$0$0$977,759
90$1,437,041$0$0$996,302
91$1,463,452$0$0$1,014,180
92$1,488,772$0$0$1,031,242
93$1,512,770$0$0$1,047,324
94$1,535,188$0$0$1,062,239
95$1,555,738$0$0$1,075,781
96$1,574,099$0$0$1,087,717
97$1,589,913$0$0$1,097,791
98$1,602,781$0$0$1,105,714
99$1,612,258$0$0$1,111,168
100$1,617,850$0$0$1,113,798