Can I retire at age 78 with 1,250,000?

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:
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Modify Cash Returns:
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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 $1,250,000?

Depending on your rate of return and investment timeframe, you'll need to save this amount every month.
2%4%6%8%10%13.6%
1 years$103,224$102,304$101,407$100,532$99,677$98,187
2 years$51,101$50,149$49,227$48,333$47,465$45,968
3 years$33,729$32,773$31,853$30,967$30,114$28,655
4 years$25,045$24,092$23,181$22,310$21,477$20,069
5 years$19,835$18,888$17,989$17,136$16,327$14,972
6 years$16,364$15,424$14,538$13,704$12,919$11,620
7 years$13,885$12,953$12,081$11,267$10,506$9,264
8 years$12,027$11,103$10,246$9,451$8,716$7,529
9 years$10,582$9,667$8,825$8,051$7,340$6,209
10 years$9,427$8,521$7,694$6,940$6,254$5,177
11 years$8,483$7,586$6,773$6,040$5,379$4,355
12 years$7,696$6,809$6,011$5,298$4,661$3,690
13 years$7,031$6,153$5,371$4,677$4,065$3,144
14 years$6,462$5,593$4,825$4,152$3,563$2,692
15 years$5,969$5,109$4,357$3,703$3,137$2,314
16 years$5,538$4,688$3,950$3,315$2,773$1,995
17 years$5,158$4,317$3,594$2,979$2,458$1,726
18 years$4,821$3,989$3,281$2,684$2,186$1,496
19 years$4,519$3,697$3,004$2,426$1,948$1,299
20 years$4,248$3,436$2,757$2,197$1,740$1,131
21 years$4,004$3,200$2,536$1,994$1,557$985
22 years$3,781$2,987$2,337$1,813$1,396$860
23 years$3,579$2,794$2,158$1,651$1,253$751
24 years$3,393$2,618$1,996$1,506$1,126$657
25 years$3,223$2,457$1,848$1,375$1,014$575
26 years$3,066$2,309$1,714$1,257$913$503
27 years$2,921$2,173$1,592$1,151$823$441
28 years$2,786$2,047$1,480$1,054$743$387
29 years$2,661$1,931$1,377$967$671$339
30 years$2,544$1,824$1,283$887$606$298
31 years$2,436$1,724$1,196$815$548$261
32 years$2,334$1,632$1,116$749$496$230
33 years$2,239$1,545$1,042$689$448$202
34 years$2,149$1,464$973$634$406$177
35 years$2,065$1,389$910$583$368$156
36 years$1,985$1,318$851$537$333$137
37 years$1,910$1,252$797$495$302$120
38 years$1,840$1,190$746$456$274$106
39 years$1,772$1,132$699$421$248$93
40 years$1,709$1,077$655$388$225$82
41 years$1,649$1,025$614$358$204$72
42 years$1,591$976$576$330$185$63
43 years$1,537$930$541$305$168$56
44 years$1,485$886$508$282$153$49
45 years$1,436$845$477$260$139$43
46 years$1,389$806$448$240$126$38
47 years$1,344$770$421$222$114$33
48 years$1,301$735$395$205$104$29
49 years$1,260$702$372$190$94$26
50 years$1,220$670$349$175$86$23

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 78 starting with $1,250,000, adding $3,454 every year, while hoping to spend $23,302 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: 56/30/14 Blend
77$1,250,000$1,250,000$1,250,000$1,250,000
78$1,381,063$1,314,813$1,295,438$1,453,217
79$1,497,138$1,354,445$1,314,042$1,542,183
80$1,624,272$1,395,239$1,332,488$1,636,207
81$1,763,568$1,437,226$1,350,747$1,738,086
82$1,916,241$1,480,440$1,368,786$1,848,577
83$2,083,630$1,524,913$1,386,573$1,968,511
84$2,267,208$1,570,682$1,404,071$2,098,803
85$2,468,600$1,617,782$1,421,243$2,240,463
86$2,689,592$1,666,248$1,438,050$2,394,598
87$2,932,156$1,716,119$1,454,450$2,562,430
88$3,198,460$1,767,433$1,470,398$2,745,304
89$3,490,894$1,820,229$1,485,848$2,944,701
90$3,812,092$1,874,547$1,500,751$3,162,250
91$4,164,954$1,930,428$1,515,054$3,399,747
92$4,552,674$1,987,914$1,528,703$3,659,170
93$4,978,773$2,047,048$1,541,641$3,942,695
94$5,447,128$2,107,874$1,553,807$4,252,721
95$5,962,013$2,170,437$1,565,136$4,591,889
96$6,528,132$2,234,783$1,575,563$4,963,109
97$7,150,673$2,300,958$1,585,015$5,369,586
98$7,835,348$2,369,011$1,593,419$5,814,849
99$8,588,451$2,438,991$1,600,697$6,302,788
100$9,416,920$2,510,948$1,606,767$6,837,686