Can I retire at age 56 with 288,000?

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 $288,000?

Depending on your rate of return and investment timeframe, you'll need to save this amount every month.
2%4%6%8%10%17.2%
1 years$23,783$23,571$23,364$23,163$22,966$22,293
2 years$11,774$11,554$11,342$11,136$10,936$10,264
3 years$7,771$7,551$7,339$7,135$6,938$6,288
4 years$5,770$5,551$5,341$5,140$4,948$4,324
5 years$4,570$4,352$4,145$3,948$3,762$3,166
6 years$3,770$3,554$3,350$3,157$2,977$2,409
7 years$3,199$2,984$2,783$2,596$2,421$1,882
8 years$2,771$2,558$2,361$2,178$2,008$1,498
9 years$2,438$2,227$2,033$1,855$1,691$1,209
10 years$2,172$1,963$1,773$1,599$1,441$986
11 years$1,954$1,748$1,561$1,392$1,239$811
12 years$1,773$1,569$1,385$1,221$1,074$671
13 years$1,620$1,418$1,237$1,078$937$558
14 years$1,489$1,289$1,112$957$821$466
15 years$1,375$1,177$1,004$853$723$391
16 years$1,276$1,080$910$764$639$329
17 years$1,188$995$828$686$566$277
18 years$1,111$919$756$618$504$234
19 years$1,041$852$692$559$449$198
20 years$979$792$635$506$401$167
21 years$922$737$584$459$359$142
22 years$871$688$538$418$322$120
23 years$825$644$497$380$289$102
24 years$782$603$460$347$260$87
25 years$743$566$426$317$234$74
26 years$706$532$395$290$210$63
27 years$673$501$367$265$190$54
28 years$642$472$341$243$171$46
29 years$613$445$317$223$155$39
30 years$586$420$296$204$140$33
31 years$561$397$276$188$126$28
32 years$538$376$257$173$114$24
33 years$516$356$240$159$103$20
34 years$495$337$224$146$94$17
35 years$476$320$210$134$85$15
36 years$457$304$196$124$77$13
37 years$440$288$184$114$70$11
38 years$424$274$172$105$63$9
39 years$408$261$161$97$57$8
40 years$394$248$151$89$52$7
41 years$380$236$142$82$47$6
42 years$367$225$133$76$43$5
43 years$354$214$125$70$39$4
44 years$342$204$117$65$35$4
45 years$331$195$110$60$32$3
46 years$320$186$103$55$29$3
47 years$310$177$97$51$26$2
48 years$300$169$91$47$24$2
49 years$290$162$86$44$22$2
50 years$281$154$80$40$20$1

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 56 starting with $288,000, adding $5,204 every year, while hoping to spend $21,400 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: 67/24/9 Blend
55$288,000$288,000$288,000$288,000
56$322,744$307,480$303,016$343,445
57$332,894$299,777$290,398$350,165
58$343,363$290,979$276,639$354,459
59$354,159$281,011$261,680$358,591
60$365,294$269,791$245,457$362,542
61$376,777$257,234$227,903$366,292
62$388,620$243,249$208,949$369,819
63$400,833$227,742$188,522$373,102
64$413,427$210,611$166,547$376,116
65$426,416$191,750$142,945$378,836
66$439,809$171,045$117,633$381,235
67$453,621$148,378$90,525$383,283
68$467,864$123,621$61,531$384,950
69$482,550$96,643$30,557$386,205
70$497,694$67,302$0$387,011
71$513,309$35,450$0$387,573
72$529,409$931$0$390,760
73$546,010$0$0$393,601
74$563,126$0$0$405,685
75$580,773$0$0$418,396
76$598,966$0$0$431,501
77$617,722$0$0$445,010
78$637,057$0$0$458,938
79$656,989$0$0$473,294
80$677,535$0$0$488,093
81$698,713$0$0$503,346
82$720,541$0$0$519,068
83$743,038$0$0$535,271
84$766,224$0$0$551,969
85$790,117$0$0$569,177
86$814,739$0$0$586,909
87$840,108$0$0$605,179
88$866,247$0$0$624,002
89$893,176$0$0$643,394
90$920,917$0$0$663,370
91$949,491$0$0$683,946
92$978,922$0$0$705,136
93$1,009,230$0$0$726,959
94$1,040,439$0$0$749,429
95$1,072,572$0$0$772,563
96$1,105,652$0$0$796,377
97$1,139,702$0$0$820,888
98$1,174,746$0$0$846,113
99$1,210,805$0$0$872,068
100$1,247,904$0$0$898,769