Can I retire at age 51 with 502,000?

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 $502,000?

Depending on your rate of return and investment timeframe, you'll need to save this amount every month.
2%4%6%8%10%14.2%
1 years$41,455$41,085$40,725$40,374$40,030$39,335
2 years$20,522$20,140$19,770$19,410$19,062$18,364
3 years$13,546$13,162$12,792$12,436$12,094$11,414
4 years$10,058$9,675$9,309$8,960$8,625$7,970
5 years$7,966$7,585$7,224$6,882$6,557$5,927
6 years$6,572$6,194$5,838$5,504$5,188$4,585
7 years$5,576$5,202$4,852$4,525$4,219$3,643
8 years$4,830$4,459$4,115$3,796$3,500$2,951
9 years$4,250$3,882$3,544$3,233$2,948$2,425
10 years$3,786$3,422$3,090$2,787$2,512$2,014
11 years$3,407$3,046$2,720$2,425$2,160$1,688
12 years$3,091$2,734$2,414$2,127$1,872$1,425
13 years$2,824$2,471$2,157$1,878$1,632$1,209
14 years$2,595$2,246$1,938$1,667$1,431$1,031
15 years$2,397$2,052$1,750$1,487$1,260$883
16 years$2,224$1,883$1,586$1,331$1,114$758
17 years$2,071$1,734$1,443$1,196$987$653
18 years$1,936$1,602$1,318$1,078$878$563
19 years$1,815$1,485$1,206$974$782$487
20 years$1,706$1,380$1,107$882$699$422
21 years$1,608$1,285$1,018$801$625$366
22 years$1,519$1,200$939$728$561$318
23 years$1,437$1,122$867$663$503$277
24 years$1,363$1,051$801$605$452$241
25 years$1,294$987$742$552$407$210
26 years$1,231$927$688$505$367$183
27 years$1,173$873$639$462$331$159
28 years$1,119$822$594$423$298$139
29 years$1,069$776$553$388$269$121
30 years$1,022$733$515$356$243$106
31 years$978$693$480$327$220$93
32 years$937$655$448$301$199$81
33 years$899$621$418$277$180$71
34 years$863$588$391$255$163$62
35 years$829$558$365$234$148$54
36 years$797$529$342$216$134$47
37 years$767$503$320$199$121$41
38 years$739$478$300$183$110$36
39 years$712$454$281$169$100$32
40 years$686$432$263$156$90$28
41 years$662$412$247$144$82$24
42 years$639$392$231$133$74$21
43 years$617$373$217$122$68$19
44 years$596$356$204$113$61$16
45 years$577$339$191$104$56$14
46 years$558$324$180$96$51$12
47 years$540$309$169$89$46$11
48 years$522$295$159$82$42$10
49 years$506$282$149$76$38$8
50 years$490$269$140$70$34$7

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 51 starting with $502,000, adding $2,477 every year, while hoping to spend $44,262 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: 49/25/26 Blend
50$502,000$502,000$502,000$502,000
51$555,759$529,153$521,372$578,786
52$565,352$507,987$491,744$573,976
53$574,440$484,301$459,639$564,150
54$582,925$457,923$424,929$552,595
55$590,697$428,675$387,477$539,170
56$597,633$396,365$347,143$523,720
57$603,598$360,793$303,779$506,078
58$608,438$321,746$257,229$486,066
59$611,986$278,998$207,333$463,491
60$614,052$232,313$153,922$438,142
61$614,427$181,438$96,821$409,794
62$612,880$126,110$35,846$378,203
63$609,152$66,048$0$343,105
64$602,958$956$0$312,322
65$593,979$0$0$288,577
66$581,864$0$0$280,751
67$566,223$0$0$271,252
68$546,625$0$0$259,583
69$522,591$0$0$245,484
70$493,592$0$0$228,669
71$459,043$0$0$208,821
72$418,296$0$0$185,588
73$370,634$0$0$158,582
74$315,265$0$0$127,375
75$251,314$0$0$91,492
76$177,812$0$0$50,410
77$93,690$0$0$3,550
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