Can I retire at age 56 with 259,000?

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 $259,000?

Depending on your rate of return and investment timeframe, you'll need to save this amount every month.
2%4%6%8%10%16.1%
1 years$21,388$21,197$21,012$20,830$20,653$20,137
2 years$10,588$10,391$10,200$10,015$9,835$9,319
3 years$6,989$6,791$6,600$6,416$6,240$5,739
4 years$5,189$4,992$4,803$4,623$4,450$3,969
5 years$4,110$3,914$3,727$3,551$3,383$2,922
6 years$3,391$3,196$3,012$2,839$2,677$2,237
7 years$2,877$2,684$2,503$2,334$2,177$1,759
8 years$2,492$2,301$2,123$1,958$1,806$1,409
9 years$2,193$2,003$1,828$1,668$1,521$1,145
10 years$1,953$1,766$1,594$1,438$1,296$940
11 years$1,758$1,572$1,403$1,251$1,115$778
12 years$1,595$1,411$1,246$1,098$966$649
13 years$1,457$1,275$1,113$969$842$544
14 years$1,339$1,159$1,000$860$738$458
15 years$1,237$1,059$903$767$650$387
16 years$1,147$971$818$687$574$328
17 years$1,069$895$745$617$509$278
18 years$999$827$680$556$453$237
19 years$936$766$622$503$404$202
20 years$880$712$571$455$361$172
21 years$830$663$525$413$323$147
22 years$783$619$484$376$289$126
23 years$741$579$447$342$260$108
24 years$703$542$413$312$233$93
25 years$668$509$383$285$210$80
26 years$635$478$355$261$189$68
27 years$605$450$330$238$171$59
28 years$577$424$307$218$154$50
29 years$551$400$285$200$139$43
30 years$527$378$266$184$126$37
31 years$505$357$248$169$114$32
32 years$484$338$231$155$103$28
33 years$464$320$216$143$93$24
34 years$445$303$202$131$84$20
35 years$428$288$189$121$76$18
36 years$411$273$176$111$69$15
37 years$396$259$165$103$63$13
38 years$381$247$155$95$57$11
39 years$367$234$145$87$51$10
40 years$354$223$136$80$47$8
41 years$342$212$127$74$42$7
42 years$330$202$119$68$38$6
43 years$318$193$112$63$35$5
44 years$308$184$105$58$32$5
45 years$297$175$99$54$29$4
46 years$288$167$93$50$26$3
47 years$278$159$87$46$24$3
48 years$270$152$82$42$22$3
49 years$261$145$77$39$20$2
50 years$253$139$72$36$18$2

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 56 starting with $259,000, adding $6,231 every year, while hoping to spend $21,767 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: 77/9/14 Blend
55$259,000$259,000$259,000$259,000
56$291,845$278,118$274,104$312,996
57$298,454$268,586$260,126$318,274
58$305,006$257,857$244,951$320,690
59$311,475$245,850$228,515$322,733
60$317,827$232,479$210,752$324,359
61$324,027$217,652$191,593$325,518
62$330,033$201,272$170,967$326,156
63$335,799$183,237$148,798$326,213
64$341,276$163,441$125,007$325,626
65$346,404$141,767$99,513$324,322
66$351,120$118,097$72,230$322,223
67$355,353$92,303$43,068$319,245
68$359,023$64,249$11,935$315,293
69$362,041$33,795$0$310,265
70$364,309$791$0$307,228
71$365,716$0$0$304,988
72$366,140$0$0$305,099
73$365,446$0$0$304,334
74$363,483$0$0$302,487
75$360,084$0$0$299,415
76$355,063$0$0$294,961
77$348,214$0$0$288,951
78$339,311$0$0$281,191
79$328,100$0$0$271,466
80$314,302$0$0$259,540
81$297,609$0$0$245,149
82$277,676$0$0$228,003
83$254,127$0$0$207,780
84$226,541$0$0$184,125
85$194,456$0$0$156,645
86$157,360$0$0$124,904
87$114,687$0$0$88,423
88$65,812$0$0$46,670
89$10,043$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