Can I retire at age 42?

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 $1,000,000

Depending on your rate of return and investment timeframe, you'll need to save this amount every month.
1%2%3%4%5%6%7%8%9%10%
1 years$82,954$82,579$82,209$81,843$81,482$81,126$80,774$80,425$80,081$79,741
2 years$41,271$40,881$40,497$40,119$39,748$39,381$39,021$38,666$38,316$37,972
3 years$27,377$26,983$26,597$26,218$25,847$25,482$25,125$24,774$24,429$24,091
4 years$20,430$20,036$19,650$19,273$18,905$18,545$18,192$17,848$17,511$17,182
5 years$16,262$15,868$15,484$15,111$14,746$14,391$14,046$13,709$13,381$13,061
6 years$13,484$13,091$12,709$12,339$11,979$11,630$11,292$10,963$10,644$10,335
7 years$11,500$11,108$10,729$10,362$10,008$9,665$9,334$9,013$8,704$8,405
8 years$10,012$9,621$9,245$8,882$8,533$8,197$7,873$7,561$7,261$6,973
9 years$8,855$8,466$8,092$7,734$7,390$7,060$6,743$6,440$6,150$5,872
10 years$7,929$7,542$7,171$6,817$6,478$6,155$5,846$5,552$5,271$5,003
11 years$7,172$6,786$6,419$6,069$5,735$5,419$5,118$4,832$4,560$4,303
12 years$6,541$6,157$5,793$5,447$5,119$4,809$4,515$4,238$3,976$3,729
13 years$6,007$5,625$5,264$4,922$4,600$4,296$4,010$3,742$3,489$3,252
14 years$5,550$5,170$4,811$4,474$4,158$3,860$3,582$3,321$3,078$2,850
15 years$5,153$4,775$4,420$4,087$3,776$3,485$3,214$2,962$2,727$2,510
16 years$4,807$4,430$4,078$3,750$3,444$3,160$2,896$2,652$2,426$2,218
17 years$4,501$4,126$3,778$3,454$3,153$2,875$2,619$2,383$2,166$1,967
18 years$4,229$3,857$3,511$3,191$2,896$2,625$2,376$2,148$1,939$1,749
19 years$3,986$3,615$3,273$2,958$2,668$2,403$2,161$1,940$1,740$1,559
20 years$3,767$3,399$3,059$2,748$2,464$2,205$1,970$1,757$1,565$1,392
21 years$3,570$3,203$2,867$2,560$2,281$2,029$1,800$1,595$1,411$1,246
22 years$3,390$3,025$2,692$2,390$2,116$1,870$1,648$1,450$1,274$1,117
23 years$3,226$2,863$2,533$2,235$1,967$1,726$1,512$1,321$1,152$1,002
24 years$3,075$2,714$2,388$2,094$1,831$1,596$1,388$1,205$1,043$901
25 years$2,937$2,578$2,255$1,965$1,707$1,479$1,277$1,100$945$811
26 years$2,810$2,453$2,132$1,847$1,594$1,371$1,176$1,006$858$730
27 years$2,691$2,336$2,019$1,738$1,490$1,273$1,084$921$780$658
28 years$2,582$2,229$1,915$1,638$1,395$1,184$1,001$844$709$594
29 years$2,480$2,129$1,818$1,545$1,307$1,102$925$774$645$537
30 years$2,385$2,036$1,728$1,459$1,226$1,026$855$710$588$485

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

Person retiring at age 42 starting with $1,000,000, adding $2,134 every year, while hoping to spend $75,252 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: 50/30/20 Blend
41$1,000,000$1,000,000$1,000,000$1,000,000
42$1,104,201$1,051,201$1,035,701$1,153,148
43$1,136,762$1,022,643$990,330$1,158,680
44$1,170,122$990,162$940,916$1,156,808
45$1,204,283$953,489$887,245$1,153,185
46$1,239,246$912,335$829,093$1,147,672
47$1,275,006$866,397$766,225$1,140,125
48$1,311,558$815,352$698,396$1,130,388
49$1,348,894$758,861$625,349$1,118,296
50$1,387,000$696,564$546,817$1,103,675
51$1,425,859$628,081$462,520$1,086,338
52$1,465,450$553,010$372,167$1,066,085
53$1,505,744$470,926$275,453$1,042,706
54$1,546,709$381,380$172,060$1,015,976
55$1,588,305$283,900$61,656$985,654
56$1,630,485$177,983$0$951,487
57$1,673,192$63,102$0$925,188
58$1,716,362$0$0$909,302
59$1,759,920$0$0$910,667
60$1,803,777$0$0$932,973
61$1,847,835$0$0$955,330
62$1,891,979$0$0$977,674
63$1,936,080$0$0$999,932
64$1,979,988$0$0$1,022,020
65$2,023,538$0$0$1,043,844
66$2,066,540$0$0$1,065,298
67$2,108,781$0$0$1,086,261
68$2,150,022$0$0$1,106,601
69$2,189,993$0$0$1,126,166
70$2,228,392$0$0$1,144,788
71$2,264,880$0$0$1,162,277
72$2,299,080$0$0$1,178,422
73$2,330,569$0$0$1,192,989
74$2,358,875$0$0$1,205,714
75$2,383,471$0$0$1,216,304
76$2,403,771$0$0$1,224,435
77$2,419,124$0$0$1,229,743
78$2,428,803$0$0$1,231,825
79$2,432,002$0$0$1,230,235
80$2,427,823$0$0$1,224,474
81$2,415,273$0$0$1,213,991
82$2,393,247$0$0$1,198,175
83$2,360,520$0$0$1,176,346
84$2,315,735$0$0$1,147,754
85$2,257,386$0$0$1,111,565
86$2,183,808$0$0$1,066,858
87$2,093,154$0$0$1,012,610
88$1,983,380$0$0$947,692
89$1,852,227$0$0$870,854
90$1,697,192$0$0$780,714
91$1,515,509$0$0$675,742
92$1,304,118$0$0$554,247
93$1,059,637$0$0$414,362
94$778,328$0$0$254,022
95$456,059$0$0$70,944
96$88,267$0$0$0
97$0$0$0$0
98$0$0$0$0
99$0$0$0$0
100$0$0$0$0

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