Can I retire at age 54 with 525,000?

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:
0%
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 $525,000?

Depending on your rate of return and investment timeframe, you'll need to save this amount every month.
2%4%6%8%10%11.2%
1 years$43,354$42,968$42,591$42,223$41,864$41,653
2 years$21,462$21,063$20,675$20,300$19,935$19,722
3 years$14,166$13,765$13,378$13,006$12,648$12,439
4 years$10,519$10,118$9,736$9,370$9,021$8,818
5 years$8,331$7,933$7,556$7,197$6,857$6,662
6 years$6,873$6,478$6,106$5,756$5,426$5,237
7 years$5,832$5,440$5,074$4,732$4,413$4,231
8 years$5,051$4,663$4,303$3,970$3,661$3,487
9 years$4,444$4,060$3,706$3,381$3,083$2,916
10 years$3,959$3,579$3,231$2,915$2,627$2,467
11 years$3,563$3,186$2,845$2,537$2,259$2,106
12 years$3,232$2,860$2,525$2,225$1,958$1,812
13 years$2,953$2,584$2,256$1,964$1,707$1,568
14 years$2,714$2,349$2,027$1,744$1,496$1,364
15 years$2,507$2,146$1,830$1,555$1,318$1,191
16 years$2,326$1,969$1,659$1,392$1,165$1,045
17 years$2,166$1,813$1,510$1,251$1,033$919
18 years$2,025$1,675$1,378$1,127$918$810
19 years$1,898$1,553$1,262$1,019$818$716
20 years$1,784$1,443$1,158$923$731$634
21 years$1,681$1,344$1,065$837$654$562
22 years$1,588$1,255$982$761$586$500
23 years$1,503$1,173$906$693$526$445
24 years$1,425$1,099$838$632$473$396
25 years$1,354$1,032$776$578$426$353
26 years$1,288$970$720$528$383$315
27 years$1,227$913$669$483$346$282
28 years$1,170$860$622$443$312$252
29 years$1,118$811$578$406$282$225
30 years$1,069$766$539$373$255$201
31 years$1,023$724$502$342$230$180
32 years$980$685$469$315$208$162
33 years$940$649$438$289$188$145
34 years$903$615$409$266$171$130
35 years$867$583$382$245$154$116
36 years$834$554$358$226$140$104
37 years$802$526$335$208$127$94
38 years$773$500$313$192$115$84
39 years$744$475$294$177$104$75
40 years$718$452$275$163$95$68
41 years$692$430$258$150$86$61
42 years$668$410$242$139$78$55
43 years$646$391$227$128$71$49
44 years$624$372$213$118$64$44
45 years$603$355$200$109$58$40
46 years$583$339$188$101$53$36
47 years$564$323$177$93$48$32
48 years$546$309$166$86$44$29
49 years$529$295$156$80$40$26
50 years$513$281$147$74$36$23

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 54 starting with $525,000, adding $6,792 every year, while hoping to spend $56,007 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: 49/42/9 Blend
53$525,000$525,000$525,000$525,000
54$585,556$557,731$549,593$612,519
55$585,692$525,469$508,414$599,447
56$583,964$489,749$463,978$578,782
57$580,124$450,342$416,116$555,037
58$573,895$407,007$364,655$527,941
59$564,971$359,489$309,409$497,199
60$553,011$307,517$250,187$462,491
61$537,639$250,806$186,790$423,470
62$518,438$189,056$119,007$379,758
63$494,947$121,948$46,622$330,945
64$466,654$49,145$0$276,587
65$432,993$0$0$219,140
66$393,340$0$0$173,837
67$347,001$0$0$147,601
68$293,212$0$0$117,303
69$231,128$0$0$82,486
70$159,813$0$0$42,645
71$78,235$0$0$0
72$0$0$0$0
73$0$0$0$0
74$0$0$0$0
75$0$0$0$0
76$0$0$0$0
77$0$0$0$0
78$0$0$0$0
79$0$0$0$0
80$0$0$0$0
81$0$0$0$0
82$0$0$0$0
83$0$0$0$0
84$0$0$0$0
85$0$0$0$0
86$0$0$0$0
87$0$0$0$0
88$0$0$0$0
89$0$0$0$0
90$0$0$0$0
91$0$0$0$0
92$0$0$0$0
93$0$0$0$0
94$0$0$0$0
95$0$0$0$0
96$0$0$0$0
97$0$0$0$0
98$0$0$0$0
99$0$0$0$0
100$0$0$0$0