Can I retire at age 56 with 551,000?

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 $551,000?

Depending on your rate of return and investment timeframe, you'll need to save this amount every month.
2%4%6%8%10%16.1%
1 years$45,501$45,096$44,700$44,314$43,938$42,841
2 years$22,525$22,106$21,699$21,305$20,923$19,824
3 years$14,868$14,446$14,041$13,650$13,274$12,209
4 years$11,040$10,620$10,218$9,834$9,467$8,443
5 years$8,743$8,326$7,930$7,554$7,197$6,217
6 years$7,213$6,799$6,408$6,041$5,695$4,760
7 years$6,120$5,710$5,325$4,966$4,631$3,742
8 years$5,301$4,894$4,516$4,166$3,842$2,997
9 years$4,665$4,261$3,890$3,549$3,236$2,435
10 years$4,155$3,756$3,391$3,059$2,757$1,999
11 years$3,739$3,344$2,986$2,662$2,371$1,656
12 years$3,393$3,001$2,650$2,335$2,055$1,380
13 years$3,099$2,712$2,367$2,062$1,792$1,157
14 years$2,848$2,465$2,127$1,830$1,571$974
15 years$2,631$2,252$1,920$1,632$1,383$822
16 years$2,441$2,066$1,741$1,461$1,222$697
17 years$2,274$1,903$1,584$1,313$1,084$592
18 years$2,125$1,758$1,446$1,183$964$504
19 years$1,992$1,630$1,324$1,069$859$430
20 years$1,873$1,514$1,215$968$767$367
21 years$1,765$1,411$1,118$879$686$314
22 years$1,667$1,317$1,030$799$615$269
23 years$1,577$1,232$951$728$552$230
24 years$1,496$1,154$880$664$496$197
25 years$1,421$1,083$815$606$447$169
26 years$1,351$1,018$756$554$402$145
27 years$1,287$958$702$507$363$125
28 years$1,228$903$652$465$327$107
29 years$1,173$851$607$426$296$92
30 years$1,122$804$565$391$267$79
31 years$1,074$760$527$359$241$68
32 years$1,029$719$492$330$218$59
33 years$987$681$459$304$198$50
34 years$947$646$429$279$179$43
35 years$910$612$401$257$162$37
36 years$875$581$375$237$147$32
37 years$842$552$351$218$133$28
38 years$811$525$329$201$121$24
39 years$781$499$308$185$109$20
40 years$753$475$289$171$99$18
41 years$727$452$271$158$90$15
42 years$702$430$254$146$82$13
43 years$678$410$238$134$74$11
44 years$655$391$224$124$67$10
45 years$633$373$210$115$61$8
46 years$612$355$197$106$55$7
47 years$592$339$185$98$50$6
48 years$573$324$174$90$46$5
49 years$555$309$164$84$42$5
50 years$538$295$154$77$38$4

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 56 starting with $551,000, adding $4,976 every year, while hoping to spend $28,784 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: 63/10/27 Blend
55$551,000$551,000$551,000$551,000
56$612,335$583,132$574,591$646,225
57$644,167$581,079$563,214$667,732
58$678,281$577,961$550,491$687,614
59$714,880$573,696$536,347$708,707
60$754,186$568,195$520,702$731,133
61$796,442$561,365$503,475$755,028
62$841,916$553,109$484,578$780,545
63$890,901$543,322$463,922$807,852
64$943,722$531,893$441,411$837,133
65$1,000,731$518,705$416,948$868,596
66$1,062,319$503,635$390,429$902,470
67$1,128,913$486,551$361,747$939,008
68$1,200,985$467,314$330,787$978,490
69$1,279,050$445,778$297,434$1,021,228
70$1,363,679$421,787$261,564$1,067,566
71$1,455,497$395,177$223,049$1,117,885
72$1,555,190$365,773$181,754$1,172,607
73$1,663,516$333,393$137,539$1,232,199
74$1,781,307$297,841$90,258$1,297,178
75$1,909,478$258,913$39,760$1,368,114
76$2,049,036$216,391$0$1,445,642
77$2,201,090$170,047$0$1,534,530
78$2,366,860$119,638$0$1,643,969
79$2,547,688$64,908$0$1,763,398
80$2,745,052$5,589$0$1,893,814
81$2,960,579$0$0$2,036,316
82$3,196,058$0$0$2,198,563
83$3,453,461$0$0$2,376,628
84$3,734,959$0$0$2,571,400
85$4,042,941$0$0$2,784,538
86$4,380,038$0$0$3,017,868
87$4,749,147$0$0$3,273,401
88$5,153,459$0$0$3,553,351
89$5,596,488$0$0$3,860,157
90$6,082,104$0$0$4,196,504
91$6,614,567$0$0$4,565,352
92$7,198,573$0$0$4,969,957
93$7,839,291$0$0$5,413,908
94$8,542,415$0$0$5,901,158
95$9,314,219$0$0$6,436,062
96$10,161,612$0$0$7,023,414
97$11,092,206$0$0$7,668,500
98$12,114,384$0$0$8,377,137
99$13,237,384$0$0$9,155,739
100$14,471,381$0$0$10,011,369