Can I retire at age 42 with 550,000?

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 $550,000?

Depending on your rate of return and investment timeframe, you'll need to save this amount every month.
2%4%6%8%10%11.9%
1 years$45,418$45,014$44,619$44,234$43,858$43,508
2 years$22,484$22,066$21,660$21,266$20,885$20,533
3 years$14,841$14,420$14,015$13,626$13,250$12,906
4 years$11,020$10,600$10,200$9,816$9,450$9,117
5 years$8,728$8,311$7,915$7,540$7,184$6,862
6 years$7,200$6,786$6,397$6,030$5,684$5,375
7 years$6,109$5,699$5,316$4,957$4,623$4,326
8 years$5,292$4,885$4,508$4,159$3,835$3,550
9 years$4,656$4,254$3,883$3,542$3,230$2,957
10 years$4,148$3,749$3,385$3,053$2,752$2,491
11 years$3,732$3,338$2,980$2,657$2,367$2,118
12 years$3,386$2,996$2,645$2,331$2,051$1,814
13 years$3,094$2,707$2,363$2,058$1,788$1,563
14 years$2,843$2,461$2,123$1,827$1,568$1,353
15 years$2,626$2,248$1,917$1,629$1,380$1,177
16 years$2,437$2,063$1,738$1,459$1,220$1,027
17 years$2,270$1,900$1,582$1,311$1,082$898
18 years$2,121$1,755$1,444$1,181$962$788
19 years$1,989$1,627$1,322$1,067$857$693
20 years$1,869$1,512$1,213$967$766$611
21 years$1,762$1,408$1,116$877$685$539
22 years$1,664$1,314$1,028$798$614$477
23 years$1,575$1,229$949$726$551$422
24 years$1,493$1,152$878$663$496$374
25 years$1,418$1,081$813$605$446$331
26 years$1,349$1,016$754$553$402$294
27 years$1,285$956$700$506$362$261
28 years$1,226$901$651$464$327$232
29 years$1,171$850$606$425$295$207
30 years$1,120$803$564$390$267$184
31 years$1,072$759$526$359$241$164
32 years$1,027$718$491$330$218$146
33 years$985$680$458$303$197$130
34 years$946$644$428$279$179$116
35 years$908$611$400$257$162$103
36 years$874$580$375$236$147$92
37 years$841$551$351$218$133$82
38 years$809$524$328$201$120$73
39 years$780$498$308$185$109$65
40 years$752$474$288$171$99$58
41 years$725$451$270$158$90$52
42 years$700$429$254$145$82$46
43 years$676$409$238$134$74$41
44 years$653$390$223$124$67$37
45 years$632$372$210$114$61$33
46 years$611$355$197$106$55$30
47 years$591$339$185$98$50$26
48 years$572$323$174$90$46$24
49 years$554$309$163$83$41$21
50 years$537$295$154$77$38$19

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 42 starting with $550,000, adding $5,647 every year, while hoping to spend $51,124 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: 60/31/9 Blend
41$550,000$550,000$550,000$550,000
42$611,925$582,775$574,250$647,069
43$619,946$556,935$539,092$645,481
44$627,071$528,116$501,042$637,417
45$633,156$496,117$459,951$627,353
46$638,038$460,728$415,660$615,098
47$641,538$421,723$368,004$600,445
48$643,455$378,868$316,812$583,169
49$643,567$331,912$261,905$563,025
50$641,626$280,591$203,094$539,746
51$637,358$224,626$140,184$513,042
52$630,459$163,723$72,971$482,598
53$620,592$97,571$1,241$448,070
54$607,381$25,841$0$409,081
55$590,412$0$0$372,457
56$569,227$0$0$348,792
57$543,317$0$0$330,791
58$512,118$0$0$309,267
59$475,009$0$0$283,806
60$431,301$0$0$253,952
61$380,231$0$0$219,201
62$320,957$0$0$178,995
63$252,549$0$0$132,717
64$173,977$0$0$79,686
65$84,105$0$0$19,149
66$0$0$0$0
67$0$0$0$0
68$0$0$0$0
69$0$0$0$0
70$0$0$0$0
71$0$0$0$0
72$0$0$0$0
73$0$0$0$0
74$0$0$0$0
75$0$0$0$0
76$0$0$0$0
77$0$0$0$0
78$0$0$0$0
79$0$0$0$0
80$0$0$0$0
81$0$0$0$0
82$0$0$0$0
83$0$0$0$0
84$0$0$0$0
85$0$0$0$0
86$0$0$0$0
87$0$0$0$0
88$0$0$0$0
89$0$0$0$0
90$0$0$0$0
91$0$0$0$0
92$0$0$0$0
93$0$0$0$0
94$0$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