Can I retire at age 56 with 536,000?

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 $536,000?

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$44,262$43,868$43,483$43,108$42,741$41,490
2 years$21,912$21,504$21,108$20,725$20,353$19,102
3 years$14,463$14,053$13,659$13,279$12,913$11,702
4 years$10,739$10,331$9,940$9,567$9,210$8,048
5 years$8,505$8,099$7,714$7,348$7,001$5,892
6 years$7,017$6,614$6,234$5,876$5,540$4,484
7 years$5,954$5,554$5,180$4,831$4,505$3,503
8 years$5,157$4,761$4,393$4,053$3,737$2,788
9 years$4,538$4,145$3,784$3,452$3,147$2,250
10 years$4,042$3,654$3,299$2,976$2,682$1,835
11 years$3,637$3,253$2,904$2,590$2,306$1,509
12 years$3,300$2,920$2,578$2,272$1,999$1,248
13 years$3,015$2,638$2,303$2,005$1,743$1,039
14 years$2,771$2,398$2,069$1,780$1,528$868
15 years$2,559$2,191$1,868$1,588$1,345$727
16 years$2,375$2,010$1,694$1,422$1,189$611
17 years$2,212$1,851$1,541$1,277$1,054$515
18 years$2,067$1,711$1,407$1,151$937$435
19 years$1,938$1,585$1,288$1,040$835$368
20 years$1,822$1,473$1,182$942$746$312
21 years$1,717$1,372$1,087$855$668$264
22 years$1,621$1,281$1,002$777$599$224
23 years$1,534$1,198$925$708$537$190
24 years$1,455$1,122$856$646$483$162
25 years$1,382$1,053$793$590$435$138
26 years$1,315$990$735$539$391$117
27 years$1,252$932$683$494$353$100
28 years$1,195$878$635$452$318$85
29 years$1,141$828$590$415$288$72
30 years$1,091$782$550$381$260$62
31 years$1,044$739$513$349$235$52
32 years$1,001$700$478$321$212$45
33 years$960$663$447$295$192$38
34 years$921$628$417$272$174$33
35 years$885$596$390$250$158$28
36 years$851$565$365$230$143$24
37 years$819$537$342$212$130$20
38 years$789$510$320$196$117$17
39 years$760$485$300$180$106$15
40 years$733$462$281$166$97$13
41 years$707$439$263$154$88$11
42 years$682$419$247$142$79$9
43 years$659$399$232$131$72$8
44 years$637$380$218$121$65$7
45 years$616$362$204$112$59$6
46 years$595$346$192$103$54$5
47 years$576$330$180$95$49$4
48 years$558$315$169$88$45$4
49 years$540$301$159$81$40$3
50 years$523$287$150$75$37$3

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 56 starting with $536,000, adding $2,798 every year, while hoping to spend $29,318 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: 36/41/23 Blend
55$536,000$536,000$536,000$536,000
56$593,558$565,150$556,842$610,720
57$622,907$561,648$544,302$620,075
58$654,267$556,992$530,360$627,263
59$687,812$551,095$514,936$634,433
60$723,733$543,863$497,951$641,603
61$762,239$535,198$479,318$648,793
62$803,561$524,996$458,949$656,028
63$847,950$513,146$436,749$663,339
64$895,683$499,533$412,623$670,762
65$947,064$484,031$386,467$678,341
66$1,002,427$466,511$358,176$686,125
67$1,062,138$446,833$327,638$694,175
68$1,126,599$424,852$294,737$702,560
69$1,196,253$400,410$259,352$711,359
70$1,271,587$373,346$221,356$720,665
71$1,353,134$343,485$180,616$730,585
72$1,441,481$310,644$136,995$741,238
73$1,537,276$274,629$90,347$752,765
74$1,641,227$235,235$40,523$765,322
75$1,754,117$192,246$0$779,090
76$1,876,804$145,433$0$797,376
77$2,010,234$94,556$0$828,122
78$2,155,447$39,358$0$861,674
79$2,313,587$0$0$898,371
80$2,485,913$0$0$947,807
81$2,673,811$0$0$1,021,140
82$2,878,807$0$0$1,101,218
83$3,102,578$0$0$1,188,705
84$3,346,973$0$0$1,284,334
85$3,614,026$0$0$1,388,910
86$3,905,977$0$0$1,503,320
87$4,225,292$0$0$1,628,541
88$4,574,685$0$0$1,765,649
89$4,957,146$0$0$1,915,829
90$5,375,967$0$0$2,080,384
91$5,834,774$0$0$2,260,753
92$6,337,558$0$0$2,458,516
93$6,888,717$0$0$2,675,416
94$7,493,093$0$0$2,913,374
95$8,156,020$0$0$3,174,503
96$8,883,372$0$0$3,461,132
97$9,681,621$0$0$3,775,826
98$10,557,893$0$0$4,121,411
99$11,520,041$0$0$4,501,000
100$12,576,713$0$0$4,918,022