Can I retire at age 51 with 280,000?

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 $280,000?

Depending on your rate of return and investment timeframe, you'll need to save this amount every month.
2%4%6%8%10%17.5%
1 years$23,122$22,916$22,715$22,519$22,328$21,648
2 years$11,447$11,233$11,027$10,826$10,632$9,953
3 years$7,555$7,341$7,135$6,937$6,745$6,088
4 years$5,610$5,397$5,193$4,997$4,811$4,181
5 years$4,443$4,231$4,030$3,839$3,657$3,056
6 years$3,665$3,455$3,257$3,070$2,894$2,322
7 years$3,110$2,901$2,706$2,524$2,353$1,811
8 years$2,694$2,487$2,295$2,117$1,952$1,439
9 years$2,370$2,165$1,977$1,803$1,644$1,159
10 years$2,112$1,909$1,723$1,554$1,401$943
11 years$1,900$1,699$1,517$1,353$1,205$774
12 years$1,724$1,525$1,346$1,187$1,044$639
13 years$1,575$1,378$1,203$1,048$910$531
14 years$1,447$1,253$1,081$930$798$442
15 years$1,337$1,144$976$829$703$370
16 years$1,241$1,050$885$743$621$310
17 years$1,155$967$805$667$551$261
18 years$1,080$894$735$601$490$220
19 years$1,012$828$673$543$436$186
20 years$952$770$618$492$390$157
21 years$897$717$568$447$349$133
22 years$847$669$523$406$313$112
23 years$802$626$483$370$281$95
24 years$760$586$447$337$252$81
25 years$722$550$414$308$227$68
26 years$687$517$384$282$204$58
27 years$654$487$357$258$184$49
28 years$624$459$331$236$166$42
29 years$596$433$308$217$150$36
30 years$570$409$287$199$136$30
31 years$546$386$268$183$123$26
32 years$523$365$250$168$111$22
33 years$501$346$233$154$100$19
34 years$481$328$218$142$91$16
35 years$462$311$204$131$82$13
36 years$445$295$191$120$75$11
37 years$428$280$178$111$68$10
38 years$412$267$167$102$61$8
39 years$397$253$157$94$56$7
40 years$383$241$147$87$50$6
41 years$369$230$138$80$46$5
42 years$356$219$129$74$42$4
43 years$344$208$121$68$38$4
44 years$333$199$114$63$34$3
45 years$322$189$107$58$31$3
46 years$311$181$100$54$28$2
47 years$301$172$94$50$26$2
48 years$291$165$89$46$23$2
49 years$282$157$83$42$21$1
50 years$273$150$78$39$19$1

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 51 starting with $280,000, adding $6,070 every year, while hoping to spend $22,138 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: 21/50/29 Blend
50$280,000$280,000$280,000$280,000
51$314,821$299,981$295,641$318,456
52$323,378$291,126$281,991$313,359
53$332,066$281,094$267,141$305,698
54$340,875$269,806$251,028$297,030
55$349,793$257,175$233,586$287,285
56$358,806$243,111$214,745$276,392
57$367,898$227,517$194,433$264,277
58$377,052$210,294$172,575$250,858
59$386,245$191,332$149,090$236,051
60$395,455$170,520$123,897$219,767
61$404,652$147,736$96,909$201,910
62$413,807$122,856$68,036$182,380
63$422,884$95,745$37,184$161,070
64$431,844$66,261$4,254$137,868
65$440,640$34,257$0$112,654
66$449,224$0$0$94,860
67$457,537$0$0$77,056
68$465,518$0$0$77,995
69$473,093$0$0$78,811
70$480,184$0$0$79,486
71$486,701$0$0$79,998
72$492,546$0$0$80,322
73$497,608$0$0$80,433
74$501,762$0$0$80,301
75$504,872$0$0$79,892
76$506,786$0$0$79,171
77$507,332$0$0$78,097
78$506,323$0$0$76,626
79$503,550$0$0$74,707
80$498,780$0$0$72,285
81$491,754$0$0$69,300
82$482,188$0$0$65,685
83$469,766$0$0$61,364
84$454,135$0$0$56,255
85$434,909$0$0$50,267
86$411,656$0$0$43,299
87$383,902$0$0$35,240
88$351,121$0$0$25,965
89$312,729$0$0$15,339
90$268,084$0$0$3,210
91$216,474$0$0$0
92$157,113$0$0$0
93$89,131$0$0$0
94$11,569$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