Can I retire at age 55 with 480,000?

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 $480,000?

Depending on your rate of return and investment timeframe, you'll need to save this amount every month.
2%4%6%8%10%11.3%
1 years$39,638$39,285$38,940$38,604$38,276$38,067
2 years$19,623$19,257$18,903$18,560$18,227$18,015
3 years$12,952$12,585$12,232$11,891$11,564$11,357
4 years$9,617$9,251$8,901$8,567$8,247$8,047
5 years$7,617$7,253$6,908$6,580$6,269$6,076
6 years$6,284$5,923$5,583$5,262$4,961$4,774
7 years$5,332$4,974$4,639$4,326$4,034$3,855
8 years$4,618$4,264$3,934$3,629$3,347$3,175
9 years$4,064$3,712$3,389$3,091$2,819$2,654
10 years$3,620$3,272$2,954$2,665$2,402$2,244
11 years$3,257$2,913$2,601$2,319$2,065$1,915
12 years$2,955$2,614$2,308$2,034$1,790$1,646
13 years$2,700$2,363$2,062$1,796$1,561$1,423
14 years$2,481$2,148$1,853$1,594$1,368$1,237
15 years$2,292$1,962$1,673$1,422$1,205$1,080
16 years$2,127$1,800$1,517$1,273$1,065$946
17 years$1,981$1,658$1,380$1,144$944$832
18 years$1,851$1,532$1,260$1,031$839$733
19 years$1,735$1,420$1,153$931$748$647
20 years$1,631$1,319$1,059$844$668$573
21 years$1,537$1,229$974$766$598$508
22 years$1,452$1,147$897$696$536$451
23 years$1,374$1,073$829$634$481$401
24 years$1,303$1,005$766$578$433$357
25 years$1,238$943$710$528$389$318
26 years$1,177$887$658$483$351$283
27 years$1,121$834$611$442$316$253
28 years$1,070$786$568$405$285$226
29 years$1,022$742$529$371$258$202
30 years$977$700$493$341$233$181
31 years$935$662$459$313$210$162
32 years$896$627$428$288$190$145
33 years$860$593$400$265$172$129
34 years$825$562$374$243$156$116
35 years$793$533$349$224$141$104
36 years$762$506$327$206$128$93
37 years$734$481$306$190$116$83
38 years$706$457$287$175$105$75
39 years$681$435$268$162$95$67
40 years$656$413$252$149$86$60
41 years$633$394$236$137$78$54
42 years$611$375$221$127$71$48
43 years$590$357$208$117$65$44
44 years$570$340$195$108$59$39
45 years$551$325$183$100$53$35
46 years$533$310$172$92$48$31
47 years$516$295$162$85$44$28
48 years$500$282$152$79$40$25
49 years$484$269$143$73$36$23
50 years$469$257$134$67$33$20

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 55 starting with $480,000, adding $6,161 every year, while hoping to spend $31,944 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: 41/32/27 Blend
54$480,000$480,000$480,000$480,000
55$535,315$509,875$502,435$552,800
56$555,929$500,871$485,278$556,988
57$577,575$490,355$466,477$558,063
58$600,325$478,219$445,940$558,611
59$624,255$464,349$423,577$558,603
60$649,452$448,625$399,290$558,010
61$676,007$430,918$372,976$556,802
62$704,020$411,094$344,532$554,950
63$733,601$389,008$313,844$552,425
64$764,869$364,510$280,799$549,196
65$797,954$337,440$245,274$545,236
66$832,998$307,628$207,144$540,516
67$870,157$274,895$166,276$535,011
68$909,601$239,052$122,534$528,695
69$951,514$199,899$75,773$521,544
70$996,100$157,226$25,843$513,538
71$1,043,581$110,809$0$504,659
72$1,094,201$60,413$0$502,798
73$1,148,225$5,789$0$508,497
74$1,205,946$0$0$514,348
75$1,267,683$0$0$539,178
76$1,333,787$0$0$567,987
77$1,404,643$0$0$598,910
78$1,480,673$0$0$632,136
79$1,562,340$0$0$667,874
80$1,650,152$0$0$706,351
81$1,744,667$0$0$747,820
82$1,846,498$0$0$792,555
83$1,956,318$0$0$840,859
84$2,074,866$0$0$893,065
85$2,202,954$0$0$949,539
86$2,341,476$0$0$1,010,684
87$2,491,412$0$0$1,076,940
88$2,653,842$0$0$1,148,794
89$2,829,951$0$0$1,226,780
90$3,021,043$0$0$1,311,486
91$3,228,554$0$0$1,403,559
92$3,454,062$0$0$1,503,710
93$3,699,300$0$0$1,612,721
94$3,966,181$0$0$1,731,454
95$4,256,804$0$0$1,860,857
96$4,573,482$0$0$2,001,971
97$4,918,760$0$0$2,155,945
98$5,295,437$0$0$2,324,042
99$5,706,597$0$0$2,507,653
100$6,155,632$0$0$2,708,309