Can I retire at age 61 with 550,000?

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 $550,000?

Depending on your rate of return and investment timeframe, you'll need to save this amount every month.
2%4%6%8%10%14%
1 years$45,418$45,014$44,619$44,234$43,858$43,131
2 years$22,484$22,066$21,660$21,266$20,885$20,155
3 years$14,841$14,420$14,015$13,626$13,250$12,540
4 years$11,020$10,600$10,200$9,816$9,450$8,764
5 years$8,728$8,311$7,915$7,540$7,184$6,525
6 years$7,200$6,786$6,397$6,030$5,684$5,053
7 years$6,109$5,699$5,316$4,957$4,623$4,019
8 years$5,292$4,885$4,508$4,159$3,835$3,259
9 years$4,656$4,254$3,883$3,542$3,230$2,681
10 years$4,148$3,749$3,385$3,053$2,752$2,230
11 years$3,732$3,338$2,980$2,657$2,367$1,872
12 years$3,386$2,996$2,645$2,331$2,051$1,582
13 years$3,094$2,707$2,363$2,058$1,788$1,344
14 years$2,843$2,461$2,123$1,827$1,568$1,148
15 years$2,626$2,248$1,917$1,629$1,380$984
16 years$2,437$2,063$1,738$1,459$1,220$846
17 years$2,270$1,900$1,582$1,311$1,082$730
18 years$2,121$1,755$1,444$1,181$962$631
19 years$1,989$1,627$1,322$1,067$857$546
20 years$1,869$1,512$1,213$967$766$474
21 years$1,762$1,408$1,116$877$685$412
22 years$1,664$1,314$1,028$798$614$358
23 years$1,575$1,229$949$726$551$312
24 years$1,493$1,152$878$663$496$272
25 years$1,418$1,081$813$605$446$237
26 years$1,349$1,016$754$553$402$207
27 years$1,285$956$700$506$362$181
28 years$1,226$901$651$464$327$158
29 years$1,171$850$606$425$295$138
30 years$1,120$803$564$390$267$121
31 years$1,072$759$526$359$241$106
32 years$1,027$718$491$330$218$93
33 years$985$680$458$303$197$81
34 years$946$644$428$279$179$71
35 years$908$611$400$257$162$62
36 years$874$580$375$236$147$54
37 years$841$551$351$218$133$48
38 years$809$524$328$201$120$42
39 years$780$498$308$185$109$37
40 years$752$474$288$171$99$32
41 years$725$451$270$158$90$28
42 years$700$429$254$145$82$25
43 years$676$409$238$134$74$22
44 years$653$390$223$124$67$19
45 years$632$372$210$114$61$17
46 years$611$355$197$106$55$15
47 years$591$339$185$98$50$13
48 years$572$323$174$90$46$11
49 years$554$309$163$83$41$10
50 years$537$295$154$77$38$9

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 61 starting with $550,000, adding $4,409 every year, while hoping to spend $24,180 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: 48/27/25 Blend
60$550,000$550,000$550,000$550,000
61$610,648$581,498$572,973$635,427
62$647,207$584,264$566,440$655,997
63$686,684$586,355$558,878$675,574
64$729,352$587,713$550,227$696,352
65$775,510$588,275$540,424$718,455
66$825,487$587,975$529,402$742,021
67$879,643$586,743$517,094$767,204
68$938,378$584,504$503,428$794,173
69$1,002,127$581,179$488,327$823,120
70$1,071,372$576,685$471,714$854,253
71$1,146,641$570,932$453,506$887,807
72$1,228,516$563,825$433,616$924,039
73$1,317,637$555,265$411,955$963,238
74$1,414,709$545,146$388,428$1,005,720
75$1,520,506$533,355$362,937$1,051,840
76$1,635,882$519,774$335,380$1,101,988
77$1,761,775$504,276$305,648$1,156,597
78$1,899,219$486,728$273,630$1,216,148
79$2,049,351$466,989$239,208$1,281,171
80$2,213,423$444,910$202,260$1,352,256
81$2,392,814$420,333$162,658$1,430,053
82$2,589,043$393,090$120,268$1,515,285
83$2,803,780$363,006$74,952$1,608,749
84$3,038,865$329,893$26,563$1,711,329
85$3,296,326$293,555$0$1,824,000
86$3,578,394$253,782$0$1,954,535
87$3,887,527$210,354$0$2,105,433
88$4,226,432$163,038$0$2,270,969
89$4,598,090$111,589$0$2,452,648
90$5,005,785$55,747$0$2,652,134
91$5,453,133$0$0$2,871,263
92$5,944,119$0$0$3,113,474
93$6,483,131$0$0$3,397,621
94$7,075,002$0$0$3,709,699
95$7,725,058$0$0$4,052,523
96$8,439,164$0$0$4,429,194
97$9,223,783$0$0$4,843,130
98$10,086,033$0$0$5,298,096
99$11,033,758$0$0$5,798,239
100$12,075,598$0$0$6,348,128