Can I retire at age 66 with 497,000?

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 $497,000?

Depending on your rate of return and investment timeframe, you'll need to save this amount every month.
2%4%6%8%10%13.8%
1 years$41,042$40,676$40,320$39,971$39,631$39,007
2 years$20,318$19,939$19,573$19,217$18,872$18,245
3 years$13,411$13,031$12,665$12,313$11,973$11,362
4 years$9,958$9,579$9,217$8,870$8,539$7,950
5 years$7,887$7,510$7,153$6,813$6,492$5,925
6 years$6,506$6,132$5,780$5,449$5,137$4,593
7 years$5,521$5,150$4,803$4,480$4,177$3,658
8 years$4,782$4,415$4,074$3,758$3,466$2,969
9 years$4,207$3,844$3,509$3,201$2,918$2,446
10 years$3,748$3,388$3,059$2,759$2,487$2,037
11 years$3,373$3,016$2,693$2,401$2,139$1,711
12 years$3,060$2,707$2,390$2,106$1,853$1,448
13 years$2,796$2,446$2,135$1,860$1,616$1,232
14 years$2,569$2,224$1,919$1,651$1,417$1,054
15 years$2,373$2,031$1,732$1,472$1,247$904
16 years$2,202$1,864$1,571$1,318$1,102$779
17 years$2,051$1,716$1,429$1,184$977$673
18 years$1,917$1,586$1,305$1,067$869$582
19 years$1,797$1,470$1,194$964$775$505
20 years$1,689$1,366$1,096$873$692$439
21 years$1,592$1,272$1,008$793$619$382
22 years$1,503$1,188$929$721$555$333
23 years$1,423$1,111$858$656$498$290
24 years$1,349$1,041$793$599$448$253
25 years$1,281$977$735$547$403$221
26 years$1,219$918$682$500$363$193
27 years$1,161$864$633$458$327$169
28 years$1,108$814$588$419$295$148
29 years$1,058$768$548$384$267$130
30 years$1,012$725$510$353$241$114
31 years$968$686$475$324$218$100
32 years$928$649$444$298$197$87
33 years$890$614$414$274$178$77
34 years$854$582$387$252$161$67
35 years$821$552$362$232$146$59
36 years$789$524$338$214$132$52
37 years$760$498$317$197$120$45
38 years$731$473$297$181$109$40
39 years$705$450$278$167$99$35
40 years$679$428$261$154$90$31
41 years$656$407$244$142$81$27
42 years$633$388$229$131$74$24
43 years$611$370$215$121$67$21
44 years$591$352$202$112$61$18
45 years$571$336$190$103$55$16
46 years$552$321$178$96$50$14
47 years$534$306$167$88$45$12
48 years$517$292$157$82$41$11
49 years$501$279$148$75$37$10
50 years$485$266$139$70$34$8

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 66 starting with $497,000, adding $6,293 every year, while hoping to spend $43,491 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: 37/38/25 Blend
65$497,000$497,000$497,000$497,000
66$554,185$527,844$520,141$570,344
67$564,438$507,435$491,291$562,350
68$574,279$484,567$460,018$549,262
69$583,620$459,076$426,193$534,267
70$592,363$430,784$389,685$517,222
71$600,398$399,507$350,353$497,971
72$607,603$365,046$308,054$476,350
73$613,840$327,195$262,635$452,180
74$618,958$285,734$213,940$425,272
75$622,786$240,430$161,801$395,420
76$625,138$191,038$106,049$362,405
77$625,801$137,298$46,501$325,994
78$624,545$78,938$0$285,932
79$621,111$15,668$0$246,497
80$615,211$0$0$216,382
81$606,529$0$0$204,998
82$594,710$0$0$198,847
83$579,365$0$0$191,215
84$560,060$0$0$181,926
85$536,317$0$0$170,782
86$507,605$0$0$157,566
87$473,336$0$0$142,037
88$432,862$0$0$123,929
89$385,463$0$0$102,947
90$330,346$0$0$78,765
91$266,632$0$0$51,025
92$193,351$0$0$19,328
93$109,430$0$0$0
94$13,685$0$0$0
95$0$0$0$0
96$0$0$0$0
97$0$0$0$0
98$0$0$0$0
99$0$0$0$0
100$0$0$0$0