Can I retire at age 55 with 254,000?

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 $254,000?

Depending on your rate of return and investment timeframe, you'll need to save this amount every month.
2%4%6%8%10%19.4%
1 years$20,975$20,788$20,606$20,428$20,254$19,489
2 years$10,384$10,190$10,003$9,821$9,645$8,883
3 years$6,854$6,659$6,473$6,293$6,119$5,384
4 years$5,089$4,895$4,710$4,533$4,364$3,662
5 years$4,031$3,838$3,655$3,482$3,318$2,650
6 years$3,325$3,134$2,954$2,785$2,625$1,993
7 years$2,821$2,632$2,455$2,289$2,135$1,537
8 years$2,444$2,256$2,082$1,921$1,771$1,208
9 years$2,150$1,964$1,793$1,636$1,492$962
10 years$1,916$1,731$1,563$1,410$1,271$773
11 years$1,724$1,541$1,376$1,227$1,093$627
12 years$1,564$1,384$1,221$1,076$947$511
13 years$1,429$1,250$1,091$950$826$419
14 years$1,313$1,136$981$844$724$345
15 years$1,213$1,038$885$752$637$284
16 years$1,125$953$803$674$563$235
17 years$1,048$877$730$605$500$195
18 years$980$811$667$545$444$162
19 years$918$751$610$493$396$135
20 years$863$698$560$446$354$112
21 years$814$650$515$405$316$94
22 years$768$607$475$368$284$78
23 years$727$568$438$335$255$65
24 years$689$532$406$306$229$54
25 years$655$499$376$279$206$45
26 years$623$469$348$255$186$38
27 years$593$442$323$234$167$32
28 years$566$416$301$214$151$27
29 years$541$392$280$196$136$22
30 years$517$371$261$180$123$19
31 years$495$350$243$166$111$16
32 years$474$332$227$152$101$13
33 years$455$314$212$140$91$11
34 years$437$298$198$129$83$9
35 years$420$282$185$119$75$8
36 years$403$268$173$109$68$6
37 years$388$254$162$101$61$5
38 years$374$242$152$93$56$4
39 years$360$230$142$85$50$4
40 years$347$219$133$79$46$3
41 years$335$208$125$73$42$3
42 years$323$198$117$67$38$2
43 years$312$189$110$62$34$2
44 years$302$180$103$57$31$2
45 years$292$172$97$53$28$1
46 years$282$164$91$49$26$1
47 years$273$156$85$45$23$1
48 years$264$149$80$42$21$1
49 years$256$143$75$39$19$1
50 years$248$136$71$36$17$1

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 55 starting with $254,000, adding $4,353 every year, while hoping to spend $20,219 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: 36/46/18 Blend
54$254,000$254,000$254,000$254,000
55$284,398$270,936$266,999$292,941
56$291,894$262,699$254,431$291,299
57$299,477$253,381$240,764$287,313
58$307,134$242,907$225,940$282,584
59$314,851$231,199$209,898$277,059
60$322,611$218,173$192,575$270,679
61$330,396$203,742$173,905$263,380
62$338,184$187,813$153,818$255,098
63$345,950$170,287$132,242$245,762
64$353,665$151,060$109,101$235,295
65$361,300$130,023$84,317$223,618
66$368,817$107,058$57,806$210,646
67$376,177$82,045$29,483$196,287
68$383,335$54,853$0$180,445
69$390,239$25,345$0$163,158
70$396,834$0$0$150,226
71$403,055$0$0$139,234
72$408,831$0$0$140,875
73$414,084$0$0$142,287
74$418,724$0$0$143,435
75$422,653$0$0$144,280
76$425,762$0$0$144,776
77$427,928$0$0$144,875
78$429,014$0$0$144,522
79$428,871$0$0$143,656
80$427,330$0$0$142,211
81$424,206$0$0$140,111
82$419,291$0$0$137,273
83$412,358$0$0$133,607
84$403,152$0$0$129,010
85$391,391$0$0$123,370
86$376,766$0$0$116,563
87$358,930$0$0$108,451
88$337,503$0$0$98,881
89$312,062$0$0$87,685
90$282,140$0$0$74,677
91$247,221$0$0$59,650
92$206,733$0$0$42,378
93$160,047$0$0$22,607
94$106,463$0$0$62
95$45,212$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