Can I retire at age 51 with 552,000?

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 $552,000?

Depending on your rate of return and investment timeframe, you'll need to save this amount every month.
2%4%6%8%10%19.9%
1 years$45,584$45,178$44,781$44,395$44,017$42,271
2 years$22,566$22,146$21,739$21,344$20,961$19,223
3 years$14,895$14,473$14,066$13,675$13,298$11,624
4 years$11,060$10,639$10,237$9,852$9,484$7,886
5 years$8,759$8,341$7,944$7,567$7,210$5,692
6 years$7,226$6,811$6,420$6,052$5,705$4,268
7 years$6,132$5,720$5,335$4,975$4,640$3,283
8 years$5,311$4,903$4,525$4,174$3,849$2,571
9 years$4,673$4,269$3,897$3,555$3,241$2,041
10 years$4,163$3,763$3,397$3,065$2,762$1,636
11 years$3,746$3,350$2,991$2,667$2,375$1,322
12 years$3,399$3,007$2,655$2,339$2,058$1,075
13 years$3,105$2,717$2,372$2,065$1,795$878
14 years$2,854$2,470$2,131$1,833$1,573$720
15 years$2,636$2,256$1,924$1,635$1,385$592
16 years$2,446$2,070$1,744$1,464$1,224$488
17 years$2,278$1,906$1,587$1,315$1,086$403
18 years$2,129$1,762$1,449$1,185$965$333
19 years$1,996$1,633$1,326$1,071$860$276
20 years$1,876$1,517$1,217$970$769$229
21 years$1,768$1,413$1,120$880$688$190
22 years$1,670$1,319$1,032$801$616$158
23 years$1,580$1,234$953$729$553$131
24 years$1,498$1,156$881$665$497$109
25 years$1,423$1,085$816$607$448$91
26 years$1,354$1,020$757$555$403$76
27 years$1,290$960$703$508$363$63
28 years$1,230$904$653$466$328$53
29 years$1,175$853$608$427$296$44
30 years$1,124$806$566$392$268$36
31 years$1,076$761$528$360$242$30
32 years$1,031$721$493$331$219$25
33 years$989$682$460$304$198$21
34 years$949$647$430$280$179$18
35 years$912$613$402$258$162$15
36 years$877$582$376$237$147$12
37 years$844$553$352$219$133$10
38 years$812$526$330$202$121$9
39 years$783$500$309$186$110$7
40 years$755$475$289$171$99$6
41 years$728$453$271$158$90$5
42 years$703$431$255$146$82$4
43 years$679$411$239$135$74$3
44 years$656$391$224$124$67$3
45 years$634$373$210$115$61$2
46 years$613$356$198$106$56$2
47 years$593$340$186$98$50$2
48 years$574$324$175$91$46$1
49 years$556$310$164$84$42$1
50 years$539$296$154$77$38$1

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 51 starting with $552,000, adding $5,471 every year, while hoping to spend $35,932 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: 52/39/9 Blend
50$552,000$552,000$552,000$552,000
51$613,947$584,691$576,135$644,185
52$638,339$575,110$557,205$655,779
53$664,013$563,855$536,435$664,046
54$691,065$550,806$513,728$672,190
55$719,594$535,836$488,979$680,208
56$749,712$518,811$462,078$688,099
57$781,538$499,588$432,914$695,862
58$815,205$478,017$401,366$703,501
59$850,854$453,939$367,310$711,020
60$888,644$427,185$330,618$718,429
61$928,745$397,576$291,152$725,741
62$971,344$364,924$248,773$732,971
63$1,016,646$329,030$203,332$740,143
64$1,064,875$289,684$154,675$747,285
65$1,116,276$246,662$102,640$754,430
66$1,171,117$199,730$47,060$761,622
67$1,229,693$148,639$0$768,910
68$1,292,327$93,127$0$777,533
69$1,359,371$32,916$0$791,284
70$1,431,213$0$0$805,742
71$1,508,278$0$0$834,878
72$1,591,033$0$0$881,373
73$1,679,989$0$0$931,393
74$1,775,710$0$0$985,258
75$1,878,811$0$0$1,043,322
76$1,989,971$0$0$1,105,972
77$2,109,934$0$0$1,173,633
78$2,239,519$0$0$1,246,774
79$2,379,624$0$0$1,325,908
80$2,531,237$0$0$1,411,600
81$2,695,445$0$0$1,504,473
82$2,873,441$0$0$1,605,208
83$3,066,540$0$0$1,714,558
84$3,276,185$0$0$1,833,348
85$3,503,965$0$0$1,962,488
86$3,751,628$0$0$2,102,977
87$4,021,095$0$0$2,255,917
88$4,314,481$0$0$2,422,516
89$4,634,115$0$0$2,604,109
90$4,982,558$0$0$2,802,161
91$5,362,629$0$0$3,018,286
92$5,777,430$0$0$3,254,260
93$6,230,377$0$0$3,512,039
94$6,725,229$0$0$3,793,775
95$7,266,126$0$0$4,101,839
96$7,857,625$0$0$4,438,840
97$8,504,742$0$0$4,807,652
98$9,213,003$0$0$5,211,438
99$9,988,491$0$0$5,653,682
100$10,837,906$0$0$6,138,222