Can I retire at age 51 with 519,000?

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 $519,000?

Depending on your rate of return and investment timeframe, you'll need to save this amount every month.
2%4%6%8%10%19.7%
1 years$42,859$42,477$42,104$41,741$41,386$39,775
2 years$21,217$20,822$20,439$20,068$19,708$18,104
3 years$14,004$13,607$13,225$12,858$12,503$10,958
4 years$10,398$10,003$9,625$9,263$8,917$7,442
5 years$8,236$7,842$7,469$7,115$6,779$5,377
6 years$6,794$6,404$6,036$5,690$5,364$4,036
7 years$5,765$5,378$5,016$4,678$4,362$3,108
8 years$4,993$4,610$4,254$3,924$3,619$2,438
9 years$4,394$4,014$3,664$3,343$3,048$1,937
10 years$3,914$3,538$3,194$2,881$2,597$1,555
11 years$3,522$3,150$2,812$2,508$2,233$1,258
12 years$3,196$2,827$2,496$2,200$1,935$1,024
13 years$2,919$2,555$2,230$1,942$1,688$837
14 years$2,683$2,322$2,004$1,724$1,479$688
15 years$2,478$2,121$1,809$1,537$1,303$566
16 years$2,299$1,946$1,640$1,376$1,151$467
17 years$2,142$1,792$1,492$1,237$1,021$387
18 years$2,002$1,656$1,362$1,115$908$320
19 years$1,876$1,535$1,247$1,007$809$266
20 years$1,764$1,426$1,145$912$723$221
21 years$1,662$1,329$1,053$828$647$184
22 years$1,570$1,240$970$753$580$153
23 years$1,486$1,160$896$685$520$127
24 years$1,409$1,087$829$625$468$106
25 years$1,338$1,020$767$571$421$88
26 years$1,273$959$712$522$379$74
27 years$1,213$902$661$478$342$62
28 years$1,157$850$614$438$308$51
29 years$1,105$802$572$401$278$43
30 years$1,056$757$533$368$252$36
31 years$1,011$716$497$338$227$30
32 years$969$677$463$311$206$25
33 years$929$642$433$286$186$21
34 years$892$608$404$263$169$17
35 years$857$577$378$242$153$15
36 years$824$547$353$223$138$12
37 years$793$520$331$206$125$10
38 years$764$494$310$189$114$8
39 years$736$470$290$175$103$7
40 years$710$447$272$161$94$6
41 years$685$426$255$149$85$5
42 years$661$405$239$137$77$4
43 years$638$386$225$127$70$3
44 years$617$368$211$117$63$3
45 years$596$351$198$108$58$2
46 years$577$335$186$100$52$2
47 years$558$320$175$92$47$2
48 years$540$305$164$85$43$1
49 years$523$291$154$79$39$1
50 years$507$278$145$73$36$1

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 51 starting with $519,000, adding $3,836 every year, while hoping to spend $39,571 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: 40/49/11 Blend
50$519,000$519,000$519,000$519,000
51$575,895$548,388$540,343$596,889
52$592,533$533,156$516,342$596,820
53$609,542$515,851$490,210$592,543
54$626,917$496,330$461,834$587,036
55$644,654$474,441$431,097$580,206
56$662,745$450,025$397,874$571,952
57$681,179$422,910$362,038$562,170
58$699,945$392,919$323,451$550,745
59$719,028$359,860$281,975$537,558
60$738,409$323,533$237,462$522,482
61$758,067$283,727$189,757$505,380
62$777,977$240,217$138,701$486,107
63$798,110$192,766$84,127$464,511
64$818,431$141,125$25,858$440,428
65$838,900$85,030$0$413,684
66$859,472$24,200$0$388,357
67$880,095$0$0$363,504
68$900,709$0$0$358,361
69$921,248$0$0$366,197
70$941,635$0$0$373,927
71$961,784$0$0$381,512
72$981,597$0$0$388,909
73$1,000,965$0$0$396,067
74$1,019,765$0$0$402,932
75$1,037,858$0$0$409,440
76$1,055,090$0$0$415,522
77$1,071,289$0$0$421,101
78$1,086,259$0$0$426,090
79$1,099,786$0$0$430,392
80$1,111,629$0$0$433,899
81$1,121,519$0$0$436,491
82$1,129,158$0$0$438,035
83$1,134,214$0$0$438,383
84$1,136,316$0$0$437,370
85$1,135,054$0$0$434,813
86$1,129,974$0$0$430,509
87$1,120,568$0$0$424,234
88$1,106,275$0$0$415,739
89$1,086,475$0$0$404,745
90$1,060,476$0$0$390,949
91$1,027,516$0$0$374,010
92$986,748$0$0$353,553
93$937,236$0$0$329,164
94$877,945$0$0$300,384
95$807,726$0$0$266,703
96$725,312$0$0$227,561
97$629,301$0$0$182,336
98$518,142$0$0$130,343
99$390,122$0$0$70,822
100$243,345$0$0$2,937