Can I retire at age 56 with 398,000?

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:
0%
Modify Bond Returns:
0%
Modify Cash Returns:
0%
Modify Inflation:
0%
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 $398,000?

Depending on your rate of return and investment timeframe, you'll need to save this amount every month.
2%4%6%8%10%15%
1 years$32,866$32,574$32,288$32,009$31,737$31,084
2 years$16,271$15,968$15,674$15,389$15,113$14,457
3 years$10,739$10,435$10,142$9,860$9,588$8,951
4 years$7,974$7,671$7,381$7,104$6,838$6,225
5 years$6,316$6,014$5,728$5,456$5,198$4,610
6 years$5,210$4,911$4,629$4,363$4,113$3,551
7 years$4,421$4,124$3,847$3,587$3,345$2,809
8 years$3,829$3,535$3,262$3,009$2,775$2,264
9 years$3,369$3,078$2,810$2,563$2,337$1,852
10 years$3,002$2,713$2,450$2,210$1,991$1,531
11 years$2,701$2,415$2,157$1,923$1,713$1,277
12 years$2,451$2,168$1,914$1,687$1,484$1,072
13 years$2,239$1,959$1,710$1,489$1,294$905
14 years$2,058$1,781$1,536$1,322$1,134$767
15 years$1,901$1,627$1,387$1,179$999$653
16 years$1,763$1,493$1,258$1,056$883$558
17 years$1,642$1,375$1,144$948$783$478
18 years$1,535$1,270$1,045$855$696$410
19 years$1,439$1,177$956$772$620$352
20 years$1,353$1,094$878$699$554$303
21 years$1,275$1,019$807$635$496$262
22 years$1,204$951$744$577$444$226
23 years$1,139$890$687$526$399$195
24 years$1,080$833$635$479$359$169
25 years$1,026$782$589$438$323$146
26 years$976$735$546$400$291$127
27 years$930$692$507$366$262$110
28 years$887$652$471$336$236$95
29 years$847$615$438$308$214$82
30 years$810$581$408$283$193$71
31 years$776$549$381$260$174$62
32 years$743$520$355$238$158$54
33 years$713$492$332$219$143$47
34 years$684$466$310$202$129$41
35 years$657$442$290$186$117$35
36 years$632$420$271$171$106$31
37 years$608$399$254$158$96$27
38 years$586$379$238$145$87$23
39 years$564$360$223$134$79$20
40 years$544$343$209$124$72$17
41 years$525$326$196$114$65$15
42 years$507$311$184$105$59$13
43 years$489$296$172$97$54$11
44 years$473$282$162$90$49$10
45 years$457$269$152$83$44$9
46 years$442$257$143$76$40$8
47 years$428$245$134$71$36$7
48 years$414$234$126$65$33$6
49 years$401$223$118$60$30$5
50 years$389$213$111$56$27$4

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 56 starting with $398,000, adding $3,258 every year, while hoping to spend $26,062 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: 61/26/13 Blend
55$398,000$398,000$398,000$398,000
56$441,957$420,863$414,694$467,328
57$459,306$413,755$400,856$477,659
58$477,552$405,426$385,682$485,683
59$496,759$395,787$369,098$493,808
60$516,994$384,747$351,029$502,046
61$538,335$372,208$331,396$510,410
62$560,864$358,065$310,116$518,917
63$584,671$342,209$287,104$527,585
64$609,855$324,524$262,269$536,437
65$636,521$304,887$235,516$545,499
66$664,788$283,168$206,748$554,800
67$694,784$259,231$175,861$564,377
68$726,648$232,929$142,749$574,269
69$760,534$204,110$107,298$584,522
70$796,608$172,612$69,393$595,189
71$835,055$138,263$28,911$606,330
72$876,075$100,882$0$618,014
73$919,889$60,279$0$632,301
74$966,736$16,251$0$651,706
75$1,016,882$0$0$672,334
76$1,070,617$0$0$703,305
77$1,128,258$0$0$741,536
78$1,190,154$0$0$782,612
79$1,256,688$0$0$826,788
80$1,328,280$0$0$874,347
81$1,405,392$0$0$925,599
82$1,488,531$0$0$980,884
83$1,578,253$0$0$1,040,576
84$1,675,171$0$0$1,105,084
85$1,779,956$0$0$1,174,861
86$1,893,347$0$0$1,250,403
87$2,016,158$0$0$1,332,255
88$2,149,280$0$0$1,421,017
89$2,293,697$0$0$1,517,347
90$2,450,487$0$0$1,621,972
91$2,620,839$0$0$1,735,690
92$2,806,059$0$0$1,859,377
93$3,007,586$0$0$1,993,999
94$3,227,001$0$0$2,140,620
95$3,466,044$0$0$2,300,408
96$3,726,631$0$0$2,474,649
97$4,010,870$0$0$2,664,761
98$4,321,082$0$0$2,872,301
99$4,659,820$0$0$3,098,986
100$5,029,895$0$0$3,346,705