Can I retire at age 70 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%19.7%
1 years$41,290$40,922$40,563$40,213$39,871$38,319
2 years$20,440$20,060$19,691$19,333$18,986$17,442
3 years$13,492$13,109$12,741$12,387$12,046$10,557
4 years$10,018$9,637$9,272$8,924$8,591$7,169
5 years$7,934$7,555$7,196$6,855$6,531$5,180
6 years$6,545$6,169$5,815$5,482$5,168$3,888
7 years$5,554$5,181$4,832$4,507$4,203$2,994
8 years$4,811$4,441$4,098$3,781$3,486$2,348
9 years$4,233$3,867$3,530$3,220$2,936$1,866
10 years$3,771$3,408$3,077$2,776$2,502$1,498
11 years$3,393$3,034$2,709$2,416$2,152$1,212
12 years$3,079$2,723$2,404$2,119$1,864$986
13 years$2,813$2,461$2,148$1,871$1,626$807
14 years$2,585$2,237$1,930$1,661$1,425$662
15 years$2,388$2,044$1,743$1,481$1,255$545
16 years$2,215$1,875$1,580$1,326$1,109$450
17 years$2,063$1,727$1,438$1,191$983$373
18 years$1,928$1,596$1,312$1,074$874$309
19 years$1,808$1,479$1,202$970$779$256
20 years$1,699$1,374$1,103$879$696$213
21 years$1,601$1,280$1,014$798$623$177
22 years$1,512$1,195$935$725$558$147
23 years$1,431$1,118$863$660$501$123
24 years$1,357$1,047$798$602$451$102
25 years$1,289$983$739$550$405$85
26 years$1,226$923$686$503$365$71
27 years$1,168$869$637$460$329$59
28 years$1,114$819$592$422$297$49
29 years$1,064$773$551$387$268$41
30 years$1,018$730$513$355$242$34
31 years$974$690$478$326$219$29
32 years$934$653$446$300$198$24
33 years$895$618$417$276$179$20
34 years$860$586$389$254$162$17
35 years$826$556$364$233$147$14
36 years$794$527$341$215$133$12
37 years$764$501$319$198$121$10
38 years$736$476$298$183$110$8
39 years$709$453$280$168$99$7
40 years$684$431$262$155$90$6
41 years$659$410$246$143$82$5
42 years$637$390$231$132$74$4
43 years$615$372$216$122$67$3
44 years$594$355$203$113$61$3
45 years$574$338$191$104$55$2
46 years$555$323$179$96$50$2
47 years$538$308$168$89$46$2
48 years$520$294$158$82$42$1
49 years$504$281$149$76$38$1
50 years$488$268$140$70$34$1

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 70 starting with $500,000, adding $5,712 every year, while hoping to spend $22,551 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: 44/36/20 Blend
69$500,000$500,000$500,000$500,000
70$556,892$530,392$522,642$577,945
71$589,701$532,387$516,156$595,335
72$625,100$533,724$508,698$611,515
73$663,331$534,347$500,210$628,587
74$704,657$534,196$490,633$646,645
75$749,369$533,209$479,906$665,792
76$797,786$531,317$467,964$686,145
77$850,258$528,450$454,739$707,832
78$907,173$524,532$440,161$730,999
79$968,954$519,484$424,156$755,806
80$1,036,067$513,219$406,645$782,429
81$1,109,028$505,648$387,549$811,069
82$1,188,399$496,675$366,783$841,945
83$1,274,803$486,200$344,257$875,303
84$1,368,924$474,114$319,881$911,413
85$1,471,514$460,306$293,557$950,580
86$1,583,402$444,654$265,184$993,137
87$1,705,498$427,031$234,657$1,039,458
88$1,838,807$407,304$201,866$1,089,955
89$1,984,433$385,329$166,696$1,145,086
90$2,143,591$360,957$129,027$1,205,360
91$2,317,622$334,028$88,734$1,271,340
92$2,507,998$304,374$45,685$1,343,651
93$2,716,343$271,818$0$1,422,983
94$2,944,444$236,171$0$1,510,158
95$3,194,268$197,234$0$1,616,377
96$3,467,984$154,799$0$1,732,852
97$3,767,978$108,643$0$1,860,657
98$4,096,878$58,533$0$2,000,978
99$4,457,579$4,222$0$2,155,124
100$4,853,272$0$0$2,324,544