Can I retire at age 68 with 500,000?

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 $500,000?

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$41,290$40,922$40,563$40,213$39,871$39,210
2 years$20,440$20,060$19,691$19,333$18,986$18,323
3 years$13,492$13,109$12,741$12,387$12,046$11,400
4 years$10,018$9,637$9,272$8,924$8,591$7,968
5 years$7,934$7,555$7,196$6,855$6,531$5,932
6 years$6,545$6,169$5,815$5,482$5,168$4,594
7 years$5,554$5,181$4,832$4,507$4,203$3,654
8 years$4,811$4,441$4,098$3,781$3,486$2,963
9 years$4,233$3,867$3,530$3,220$2,936$2,438
10 years$3,771$3,408$3,077$2,776$2,502$2,028
11 years$3,393$3,034$2,709$2,416$2,152$1,701
12 years$3,079$2,723$2,404$2,119$1,864$1,438
13 years$2,813$2,461$2,148$1,871$1,626$1,222
14 years$2,585$2,237$1,930$1,661$1,425$1,043
15 years$2,388$2,044$1,743$1,481$1,255$894
16 years$2,215$1,875$1,580$1,326$1,109$769
17 years$2,063$1,727$1,438$1,191$983$663
18 years$1,928$1,596$1,312$1,074$874$573
19 years$1,808$1,479$1,202$970$779$497
20 years$1,699$1,374$1,103$879$696$431
21 years$1,601$1,280$1,014$798$623$374
22 years$1,512$1,195$935$725$558$326
23 years$1,431$1,118$863$660$501$284
24 years$1,357$1,047$798$602$451$247
25 years$1,289$983$739$550$405$216
26 years$1,226$923$686$503$365$188
27 years$1,168$869$637$460$329$164
28 years$1,114$819$592$422$297$144
29 years$1,064$773$551$387$268$126
30 years$1,018$730$513$355$242$110
31 years$974$690$478$326$219$96
32 years$934$653$446$300$198$84
33 years$895$618$417$276$179$74
34 years$860$586$389$254$162$65
35 years$826$556$364$233$147$57
36 years$794$527$341$215$133$50
37 years$764$501$319$198$121$43
38 years$736$476$298$183$110$38
39 years$709$453$280$168$99$33
40 years$684$431$262$155$90$29
41 years$659$410$246$143$82$26
42 years$637$390$231$132$74$22
43 years$615$372$216$122$67$20
44 years$594$355$203$113$61$17
45 years$574$338$191$104$55$15
46 years$555$323$179$96$50$13
47 years$538$308$168$89$46$12
48 years$520$294$158$82$42$10
49 years$504$281$149$76$38$9
50 years$488$268$140$70$34$8

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 68 starting with $500,000, adding $2,234 every year, while hoping to spend $27,273 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: 78/12/10 Blend
67$500,000$500,000$500,000$500,000
68$553,304$526,804$519,054$595,352
69$580,723$523,600$507,424$620,096
70$610,025$519,324$494,491$643,488
71$641,372$513,895$480,181$668,355
72$674,944$507,228$464,419$694,830
73$710,937$499,232$447,126$723,064
74$749,567$489,808$428,219$753,220
75$791,070$478,855$407,612$785,480
76$835,705$466,265$385,212$820,045
77$883,757$451,922$360,927$857,134
78$935,539$435,705$334,657$896,991
79$991,394$417,485$306,298$939,885
80$1,051,700$397,125$275,743$986,111
81$1,116,871$374,483$242,878$1,035,997
82$1,187,364$349,404$207,586$1,089,903
83$1,263,679$321,729$169,744$1,148,227
84$1,346,367$291,286$129,224$1,211,408
85$1,436,033$257,896$85,890$1,279,929
86$1,533,345$221,369$39,603$1,354,326
87$1,639,033$181,504$0$1,435,186
88$1,753,904$138,087$0$1,524,206
89$1,878,844$90,895$0$1,625,636
90$2,014,829$39,691$0$1,736,052
91$2,162,930$0$0$1,856,347
92$2,324,330$0$0$1,989,584
93$2,500,327$0$0$2,140,602
94$2,692,351$0$0$2,305,388
95$2,901,977$0$0$2,485,296
96$3,130,938$0$0$2,681,813
97$3,381,140$0$0$2,896,581
98$3,654,686$0$0$3,131,404
99$3,953,885$0$0$3,388,269
100$4,281,286$0$0$3,669,363