Can I retire at age 52 with 500,000?

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 $500,000?

Depending on your rate of return and investment timeframe, you'll need to save this amount every month.
2%4%6%8%10%18.2%
1 years$41,290$40,922$40,563$40,213$39,871$38,548
2 years$20,440$20,060$19,691$19,333$18,986$17,666
3 years$13,492$13,109$12,741$12,387$12,046$10,770
4 years$10,018$9,637$9,272$8,924$8,591$7,370
5 years$7,934$7,555$7,196$6,855$6,531$5,367
6 years$6,545$6,169$5,815$5,482$5,168$4,062
7 years$5,554$5,181$4,832$4,507$4,203$3,155
8 years$4,811$4,441$4,098$3,781$3,486$2,497
9 years$4,233$3,867$3,530$3,220$2,936$2,002
10 years$3,771$3,408$3,077$2,776$2,502$1,623
11 years$3,393$3,034$2,709$2,416$2,152$1,326
12 years$3,079$2,723$2,404$2,119$1,864$1,090
13 years$2,813$2,461$2,148$1,871$1,626$901
14 years$2,585$2,237$1,930$1,661$1,425$747
15 years$2,388$2,044$1,743$1,481$1,255$622
16 years$2,215$1,875$1,580$1,326$1,109$519
17 years$2,063$1,727$1,438$1,191$983$434
18 years$1,928$1,596$1,312$1,074$874$364
19 years$1,808$1,479$1,202$970$779$305
20 years$1,699$1,374$1,103$879$696$257
21 years$1,601$1,280$1,014$798$623$216
22 years$1,512$1,195$935$725$558$182
23 years$1,431$1,118$863$660$501$153
24 years$1,357$1,047$798$602$451$129
25 years$1,289$983$739$550$405$109
26 years$1,226$923$686$503$365$92
27 years$1,168$869$637$460$329$78
28 years$1,114$819$592$422$297$66
29 years$1,064$773$551$387$268$55
30 years$1,018$730$513$355$242$47
31 years$974$690$478$326$219$40
32 years$934$653$446$300$198$33
33 years$895$618$417$276$179$28
34 years$860$586$389$254$162$24
35 years$826$556$364$233$147$20
36 years$794$527$341$215$133$17
37 years$764$501$319$198$121$14
38 years$736$476$298$183$110$12
39 years$709$453$280$168$99$10
40 years$684$431$262$155$90$9
41 years$659$410$246$143$82$7
42 years$637$390$231$132$74$6
43 years$615$372$216$122$67$5
44 years$594$355$203$113$61$4
45 years$574$338$191$104$55$4
46 years$555$323$179$96$50$3
47 years$538$308$168$89$46$3
48 years$520$294$158$82$42$2
49 years$504$281$149$76$38$2
50 years$488$268$140$70$34$2

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 52 starting with $500,000, adding $6,074 every year, while hoping to spend $24,418 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: 49/30/21 Blend
51$500,000$500,000$500,000$500,000
52$557,265$530,765$523,015$581,007
53$588,126$530,792$514,556$598,156
54$621,316$530,002$504,994$613,813
55$657,047$528,329$494,269$630,313
56$695,552$525,703$482,313$647,746
57$737,086$522,051$469,058$666,212
58$781,930$517,293$454,433$685,822
59$830,393$511,346$438,362$706,700
60$882,813$504,122$420,768$728,985
61$939,563$495,527$401,566$752,829
62$1,001,053$485,462$380,673$778,406
63$1,067,733$473,822$357,998$805,905
64$1,140,098$460,496$333,448$835,539
65$1,218,693$445,366$306,924$867,543
66$1,304,118$428,307$278,324$902,180
67$1,397,031$409,187$247,541$939,741
68$1,498,158$387,867$214,463$980,550
69$1,608,297$364,199$178,974$1,024,966
70$1,728,326$338,027$140,952$1,073,387
71$1,859,211$309,187$100,270$1,126,256
72$2,002,016$277,503$56,795$1,184,064
73$2,157,912$242,791$10,388$1,247,355
74$2,328,188$204,856$0$1,316,732
75$2,514,262$163,493$0$1,401,633
76$2,717,697$118,484$0$1,497,084
77$2,940,212$69,599$0$1,601,611
78$3,183,700$16,597$0$1,716,160
79$3,450,248$0$0$1,841,775
80$3,742,150$0$0$1,993,074
81$4,061,935$0$0$2,164,882
82$4,412,389$0$0$2,353,223
83$4,796,577$0$0$2,559,751
84$5,217,877$0$0$2,786,290
85$5,680,009$0$0$3,034,848
86$6,187,071$0$0$3,307,635
87$6,743,575$0$0$3,607,089
88$7,354,494$0$0$3,935,892
89$8,025,304$0$0$4,297,001
90$8,762,036$0$0$4,693,673
91$9,571,337$0$0$5,129,493
92$10,460,528$0$0$5,608,415
93$11,437,672$0$0$6,134,791
94$12,511,656$0$0$6,713,419
95$13,692,267$0$0$7,349,583
96$14,990,290$0$0$8,049,104
97$16,417,606$0$0$8,818,398
98$17,987,305$0$0$9,664,530
99$19,713,808$0$0$10,595,287
100$21,613,007$0$0$11,619,249