Can I retire at age 54 with 499,000?

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 $499,000?

Depending on your rate of return and investment timeframe, you'll need to save this amount every month.
2%4%6%8%10%17.7%
1 years$41,207$40,840$40,482$40,132$39,791$38,548
2 years$20,399$20,020$19,651$19,294$18,948$17,707
3 years$13,465$13,083$12,716$12,362$12,021$10,821
4 years$9,998$9,617$9,254$8,906$8,574$7,423
5 years$7,918$7,540$7,181$6,841$6,518$5,420
6 years$6,532$6,157$5,804$5,471$5,157$4,114
7 years$5,543$5,171$4,823$4,498$4,194$3,204
8 years$4,801$4,432$4,090$3,773$3,479$2,543
9 years$4,224$3,859$3,523$3,214$2,930$2,046
10 years$3,763$3,402$3,071$2,770$2,497$1,663
11 years$3,386$3,028$2,704$2,411$2,147$1,363
12 years$3,072$2,718$2,400$2,115$1,861$1,124
13 years$2,807$2,456$2,144$1,867$1,623$932
14 years$2,580$2,233$1,926$1,657$1,422$776
15 years$2,383$2,040$1,739$1,478$1,252$648
16 years$2,211$1,871$1,577$1,323$1,107$543
17 years$2,059$1,723$1,435$1,189$981$456
18 years$1,924$1,592$1,310$1,072$873$383
19 years$1,804$1,476$1,199$968$778$323
20 years$1,696$1,371$1,100$877$695$273
21 years$1,598$1,277$1,012$796$622$230
22 years$1,509$1,192$933$724$557$195
23 years$1,429$1,115$861$659$500$165
24 years$1,355$1,045$797$601$450$139
25 years$1,286$981$738$549$405$118
26 years$1,224$922$684$502$364$100
27 years$1,166$867$635$459$329$85
28 years$1,112$817$591$421$296$72
29 years$1,062$771$550$386$268$61
30 years$1,016$728$512$354$242$52
31 years$972$688$477$325$219$44
32 years$932$651$445$299$198$37
33 years$894$617$416$275$179$32
34 years$858$585$389$253$162$27
35 years$824$554$363$233$147$23
36 years$793$526$340$214$133$19
37 years$763$500$318$198$121$16
38 years$734$475$298$182$109$14
39 years$708$452$279$168$99$12
40 years$682$430$262$155$90$10
41 years$658$409$245$143$82$9
42 years$635$390$230$132$74$7
43 years$614$371$216$122$67$6
44 years$593$354$203$112$61$5
45 years$573$337$190$104$55$4
46 years$554$322$179$96$50$4
47 years$536$307$168$89$46$3
48 years$519$293$158$82$41$3
49 years$503$280$148$76$38$2
50 years$487$268$139$70$34$2

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 54 starting with $499,000, adding $3,988 every year, while hoping to spend $38,673 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: 51/44/5 Blend
53$499,000$499,000$499,000$499,000
54$554,012$527,565$519,830$581,421
55$569,373$512,268$496,097$585,174
56$585,005$494,925$470,272$584,717
57$600,895$475,395$442,245$583,286
58$617,026$453,529$411,900$580,795
59$633,380$429,170$379,116$577,156
60$649,935$402,149$343,767$572,273
61$666,665$372,291$305,720$566,042
62$683,540$339,409$264,837$558,353
63$700,526$303,305$220,973$549,090
64$717,583$263,770$173,980$538,126
65$734,667$220,585$123,698$525,325
66$751,726$173,516$69,965$510,544
67$768,701$122,318$12,608$493,627
68$785,528$66,731$0$474,408
69$802,131$6,480$0$455,303
70$818,427$0$0$434,413
71$834,321$0$0$439,304
72$849,707$0$0$447,019
73$864,467$0$0$454,352
74$878,466$0$0$461,228
75$891,558$0$0$467,562
76$903,574$0$0$473,260
77$914,330$0$0$478,217
78$923,619$0$0$482,314
79$931,211$0$0$485,422
80$936,848$0$0$487,395
81$940,245$0$0$488,072
82$941,086$0$0$487,273
83$939,019$0$0$484,800
84$933,651$0$0$480,430
85$924,550$0$0$473,920
86$911,235$0$0$464,997
87$893,171$0$0$453,360
88$869,767$0$0$438,675
89$840,370$0$0$420,573
90$804,254$0$0$398,646
91$760,615$0$0$372,439
92$708,567$0$0$341,453
93$647,127$0$0$305,134
94$575,208$0$0$262,870
95$491,609$0$0$213,982
96$395,000$0$0$157,724
97$283,915$0$0$93,267
98$156,732$0$0$19,699
99$11,656$0$0$0
100$0$0$0$0