Can I retire at age 56 with 1,250,000?

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:
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Modify Cash Returns:
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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 $1,250,000?

Depending on your rate of return and investment timeframe, you'll need to save this amount every month.
2%4%6%8%10%17.5%
1 years$103,224$102,304$101,407$100,532$99,677$96,641
2 years$51,101$50,149$49,227$48,333$47,465$44,433
3 years$33,729$32,773$31,853$30,967$30,114$27,180
4 years$25,045$24,092$23,181$22,310$21,477$18,664
5 years$19,835$18,888$17,989$17,136$16,327$13,642
6 years$16,364$15,424$14,538$13,704$12,919$10,365
7 years$13,885$12,953$12,081$11,267$10,506$8,083
8 years$12,027$11,103$10,246$9,451$8,716$6,422
9 years$10,582$9,667$8,825$8,051$7,340$5,173
10 years$9,427$8,521$7,694$6,940$6,254$4,211
11 years$8,483$7,586$6,773$6,040$5,379$3,456
12 years$7,696$6,809$6,011$5,298$4,661$2,854
13 years$7,031$6,153$5,371$4,677$4,065$2,369
14 years$6,462$5,593$4,825$4,152$3,563$1,975
15 years$5,969$5,109$4,357$3,703$3,137$1,652
16 years$5,538$4,688$3,950$3,315$2,773$1,386
17 years$5,158$4,317$3,594$2,979$2,458$1,165
18 years$4,821$3,989$3,281$2,684$2,186$982
19 years$4,519$3,697$3,004$2,426$1,948$828
20 years$4,248$3,436$2,757$2,197$1,740$700
21 years$4,004$3,200$2,536$1,994$1,557$592
22 years$3,781$2,987$2,337$1,813$1,396$501
23 years$3,579$2,794$2,158$1,651$1,253$425
24 years$3,393$2,618$1,996$1,506$1,126$360
25 years$3,223$2,457$1,848$1,375$1,014$306
26 years$3,066$2,309$1,714$1,257$913$259
27 years$2,921$2,173$1,592$1,151$823$220
28 years$2,786$2,047$1,480$1,054$743$187
29 years$2,661$1,931$1,377$967$671$159
30 years$2,544$1,824$1,283$887$606$135
31 years$2,436$1,724$1,196$815$548$115
32 years$2,334$1,632$1,116$749$496$98
33 years$2,239$1,545$1,042$689$448$83
34 years$2,149$1,464$973$634$406$71
35 years$2,065$1,389$910$583$368$60
36 years$1,985$1,318$851$537$333$51
37 years$1,910$1,252$797$495$302$43
38 years$1,840$1,190$746$456$274$37
39 years$1,772$1,132$699$421$248$31
40 years$1,709$1,077$655$388$225$27
41 years$1,649$1,025$614$358$204$23
42 years$1,591$976$576$330$185$19
43 years$1,537$930$541$305$168$16
44 years$1,485$886$508$282$153$14
45 years$1,436$845$477$260$139$12
46 years$1,389$806$448$240$126$10
47 years$1,344$770$421$222$114$9
48 years$1,301$735$395$205$104$7
49 years$1,260$702$372$190$94$6
50 years$1,220$670$349$175$86$5

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 56 starting with $1,250,000, adding $4,341 every year, while hoping to spend $27,570 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: 59/15/26 Blend
55$1,250,000$1,250,000$1,250,000$1,250,000
56$1,381,978$1,315,728$1,296,353$1,453,566
57$1,493,605$1,350,864$1,310,446$1,538,037
58$1,615,695$1,386,798$1,324,088$1,626,808
59$1,749,284$1,423,540$1,337,233$1,723,051
60$1,895,516$1,461,099$1,349,836$1,827,500
61$2,055,650$1,499,484$1,361,847$1,940,960
62$2,231,072$1,538,704$1,373,214$2,064,321
63$2,423,307$1,578,766$1,383,883$2,198,562
64$2,634,038$1,619,679$1,393,796$2,344,761
65$2,865,115$1,661,448$1,402,893$2,504,107
66$3,118,578$1,704,080$1,411,111$2,677,910
67$3,396,672$1,747,580$1,418,383$2,867,613
68$3,701,872$1,791,950$1,424,638$3,074,806
69$4,036,902$1,837,195$1,429,803$3,301,243
70$4,404,765$1,883,317$1,433,800$3,548,853
71$4,808,767$1,930,315$1,436,548$3,819,767
72$5,252,551$1,978,190$1,437,962$4,116,328
73$5,740,129$2,026,940$1,437,952$4,441,122
74$6,275,923$2,076,561$1,436,424$4,796,997
75$6,864,802$2,127,047$1,433,279$5,187,093
76$7,512,132$2,178,392$1,428,414$5,614,869
77$8,223,824$2,230,588$1,421,721$6,084,138
78$9,006,390$2,283,623$1,413,084$6,599,102
79$9,867,005$2,337,484$1,402,387$7,164,393
80$10,813,576$2,392,157$1,389,502$7,785,114
81$11,854,810$2,447,623$1,374,301$8,466,890
82$13,000,306$2,503,861$1,356,645$9,215,922
83$14,260,636$2,560,849$1,336,391$10,039,040
84$15,647,450$2,618,559$1,313,389$10,943,777
85$17,173,583$2,676,963$1,287,481$11,938,429
86$18,853,181$2,736,026$1,258,504$13,032,145
87$20,701,826$2,795,712$1,226,285$14,235,004
88$22,736,690$2,855,979$1,190,643$15,558,117
89$24,976,694$2,916,783$1,151,390$17,013,726
90$27,442,684$2,978,074$1,108,330$18,615,328
91$30,157,635$3,039,796$1,061,256$20,377,793
92$33,146,858$3,101,891$1,009,952$22,317,513
93$36,438,246$3,164,292$954,194$24,452,552
94$40,062,533$3,226,928$893,746$26,802,819
95$44,053,587$3,289,723$828,361$29,390,255
96$48,448,725$3,352,591$757,784$32,239,043
97$53,289,070$3,415,444$681,745$35,375,832
98$58,619,935$3,478,181$599,963$38,829,994
99$64,491,254$3,540,696$512,147$42,633,898
100$70,958,047$3,602,876$417,989$46,823,220