Can I retire at age 56 with 521,000?

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 $521,000?

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$43,024$42,640$42,267$41,902$41,545$40,823
2 years$21,299$20,902$20,518$20,145$19,783$19,059
3 years$14,058$13,660$13,276$12,907$12,551$11,846
4 years$10,439$10,041$9,662$9,299$8,952$8,271
5 years$8,267$7,873$7,498$7,142$6,805$6,151
6 years$6,820$6,429$6,059$5,712$5,385$4,759
7 years$5,787$5,399$5,035$4,696$4,379$3,781
8 years$5,013$4,628$4,270$3,939$3,633$3,063
9 years$4,411$4,029$3,678$3,355$3,059$2,516
10 years$3,929$3,552$3,207$2,892$2,607$2,091
11 years$3,536$3,162$2,823$2,517$2,242$1,752
12 years$3,208$2,838$2,505$2,208$1,943$1,479
13 years$2,931$2,565$2,238$1,949$1,694$1,255
14 years$2,693$2,331$2,011$1,730$1,485$1,070
15 years$2,488$2,130$1,816$1,543$1,308$916
16 years$2,308$1,954$1,646$1,382$1,156$787
17 years$2,150$1,799$1,498$1,242$1,025$677
18 years$2,009$1,663$1,368$1,119$911$585
19 years$1,884$1,541$1,252$1,011$812$506
20 years$1,771$1,432$1,149$916$725$438
21 years$1,669$1,334$1,057$831$649$380
22 years$1,576$1,245$974$756$582$330
23 years$1,492$1,164$899$688$522$287
24 years$1,414$1,091$832$628$469$250
25 years$1,343$1,024$770$573$422$218
26 years$1,278$962$714$524$381$190
27 years$1,217$906$663$480$343$165
28 years$1,161$853$617$440$310$144
29 years$1,109$805$574$403$280$126
30 years$1,061$760$535$370$253$110
31 years$1,015$719$498$340$228$96
32 years$973$680$465$312$207$84
33 years$933$644$434$287$187$73
34 years$896$610$406$264$169$64
35 years$861$579$379$243$153$56
36 years$827$550$355$224$139$49
37 years$796$522$332$206$126$43
38 years$767$496$311$190$114$38
39 years$739$472$291$175$103$33
40 years$712$449$273$162$94$29
41 years$687$427$256$149$85$25
42 years$663$407$240$138$77$22
43 years$641$388$225$127$70$19
44 years$619$369$212$117$64$17
45 years$598$352$199$108$58$15
46 years$579$336$187$100$52$13
47 years$560$321$175$93$48$11
48 years$542$306$165$85$43$10
49 years$525$292$155$79$39$9
50 years$509$279$146$73$36$8

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 56 starting with $521,000, adding $4,690 every year, while hoping to spend $39,683 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: 46/49/5 Blend
55$521,000$521,000$521,000$521,000
56$578,980$551,367$543,291$604,628
57$595,813$536,161$519,269$607,521
58$613,034$518,881$493,112$606,113
59$630,639$499,382$464,707$603,646
60$648,625$477,512$433,935$600,035
61$666,985$453,111$400,673$595,187
62$685,713$426,009$364,791$589,005
63$704,798$396,025$326,153$581,383
64$724,227$362,970$284,620$572,212
65$743,986$326,644$240,042$561,372
66$764,056$286,832$192,267$548,738
67$784,414$243,312$141,132$534,173
68$805,036$195,845$86,471$517,535
69$825,890$144,182$28,109$498,671
70$846,941$88,058$0$477,418
71$868,150$27,193$0$455,424
72$889,468$0$0$432,400
73$910,843$0$0$427,529
74$932,214$0$0$437,285
75$953,511$0$0$446,970
76$974,656$0$0$456,543
77$995,561$0$0$465,958
78$1,016,124$0$0$475,162
79$1,036,235$0$0$484,099
80$1,055,765$0$0$492,702
81$1,074,573$0$0$500,897
82$1,092,499$0$0$508,604
83$1,109,366$0$0$515,731
84$1,124,975$0$0$522,174
85$1,139,103$0$0$527,821
86$1,151,503$0$0$532,544
87$1,161,898$0$0$536,201
88$1,169,981$0$0$538,636
89$1,175,410$0$0$539,673
90$1,177,805$0$0$539,117
91$1,176,742$0$0$536,754
92$1,171,754$0$0$532,343
93$1,162,319$0$0$525,618
94$1,147,859$0$0$516,285
95$1,127,734$0$0$504,017
96$1,101,235$0$0$488,453
97$1,067,575$0$0$469,192
98$1,025,882$0$0$445,790
99$975,194$0$0$417,756
100$914,443$0$0$384,547