Can I retire at age 56 with 496,000?

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 $496,000?

Depending on your rate of return and investment timeframe, you'll need to save this amount every month.
2%4%6%8%10%14.2%
1 years$40,959$40,594$40,238$39,891$39,552$38,865
2 years$20,277$19,899$19,533$19,178$18,834$18,144
3 years$13,384$13,004$12,639$12,288$11,949$11,278
4 years$9,938$9,560$9,198$8,853$8,522$7,874
5 years$7,871$7,495$7,138$6,800$6,478$5,856
6 years$6,493$6,120$5,769$5,438$5,126$4,530
7 years$5,510$5,140$4,794$4,471$4,169$3,600
8 years$4,772$4,406$4,066$3,750$3,459$2,916
9 years$4,199$3,836$3,502$3,194$2,913$2,396
10 years$3,741$3,381$3,053$2,754$2,482$1,990
11 years$3,366$3,010$2,688$2,397$2,134$1,668
12 years$3,054$2,702$2,385$2,102$1,850$1,408
13 years$2,790$2,441$2,131$1,856$1,613$1,195
14 years$2,564$2,219$1,915$1,647$1,414$1,019
15 years$2,368$2,027$1,729$1,469$1,245$872
16 years$2,197$1,860$1,567$1,315$1,100$749
17 years$2,047$1,713$1,426$1,182$976$645
18 years$1,913$1,583$1,302$1,065$867$557
19 years$1,793$1,467$1,192$962$773$481
20 years$1,686$1,363$1,094$872$691$417
21 years$1,589$1,270$1,006$791$618$362
22 years$1,500$1,185$927$719$554$314
23 years$1,420$1,109$856$655$497$273
24 years$1,346$1,039$792$597$447$238
25 years$1,279$975$733$546$402$207
26 years$1,216$916$680$499$362$181
27 years$1,159$862$632$457$327$157
28 years$1,105$812$587$418$295$137
29 years$1,056$766$546$384$266$120
30 years$1,010$724$509$352$240$105
31 years$966$684$475$323$217$91
32 years$926$647$443$297$197$80
33 years$888$613$413$273$178$70
34 years$853$581$386$251$161$61
35 years$819$551$361$231$146$53
36 years$788$523$338$213$132$47
37 years$758$497$316$196$120$41
38 years$730$472$296$181$109$36
39 years$703$449$277$167$99$31
40 years$678$427$260$154$89$27
41 years$654$407$244$142$81$24
42 years$631$387$229$131$74$21
43 years$610$369$215$121$67$18
44 years$589$352$201$112$61$16
45 years$570$335$189$103$55$14
46 years$551$320$178$95$50$12
47 years$533$305$167$88$45$11
48 years$516$291$157$81$41$9
49 years$500$278$147$75$37$8
50 years$484$266$139$70$34$7

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 56 starting with $496,000, adding $6,029 every year, while hoping to spend $29,300 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: 66/22/12 Blend
55$496,000$496,000$496,000$496,000
56$552,811$526,523$518,835$587,417
57$578,023$521,148$505,041$605,873
58$604,824$514,527$489,803$622,029
59$633,346$506,569$473,041$638,942
60$663,733$497,176$454,673$656,683
61$696,141$486,245$434,612$675,332
62$730,743$473,667$412,768$694,978
63$767,728$459,325$389,044$715,720
64$807,302$443,098$363,343$737,668
65$849,693$424,856$335,562$760,944
66$895,149$404,462$305,590$785,685
67$943,944$381,770$273,317$812,041
68$996,376$356,626$238,623$840,181
69$1,052,775$328,870$201,386$870,291
70$1,113,502$298,329$161,477$902,579
71$1,178,954$264,821$118,761$937,273
72$1,249,566$228,156$73,098$974,630
73$1,325,817$188,131$24,341$1,014,934
74$1,408,232$144,531$0$1,058,497
75$1,497,390$97,131$0$1,109,214
76$1,593,925$45,692$0$1,167,484
77$1,698,537$0$0$1,230,635
78$1,811,994$0$0$1,301,595
79$1,935,139$0$0$1,390,647
80$2,068,903$0$0$1,487,406
81$2,214,306$0$0$1,592,615
82$2,372,473$0$0$1,707,089
83$2,544,641$0$0$1,831,729
84$2,732,171$0$0$1,967,523
85$2,936,560$0$0$2,115,561
86$3,159,457$0$0$2,277,040
87$3,402,675$0$0$2,453,279
88$3,668,211$0$0$2,645,730
89$3,958,263$0$0$2,855,990
90$4,275,252$0$0$3,085,820
91$4,621,841$0$0$3,337,156
92$5,000,963$0$0$3,612,130
93$5,415,847$0$0$3,913,091
94$5,870,051$0$0$4,242,625
95$6,367,490$0$0$4,603,579
96$6,912,476$0$0$4,999,088
97$7,509,760$0$0$5,432,606
98$8,164,571$0$0$5,907,938
99$8,882,670$0$0$6,429,271
100$9,670,403$0$0$7,001,219