Can I retire at age 53 with 978,000?

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:
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Modify Cash Returns:
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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 $978,000?

Depending on your rate of return and investment timeframe, you'll need to save this amount every month.
2%4%6%8%10%17.4%
1 years$80,762$80,043$79,341$78,656$77,987$75,642
2 years$39,981$39,237$38,515$37,815$37,137$34,794
3 years$26,389$25,642$24,922$24,229$23,561$21,294
4 years$19,595$18,849$18,137$17,455$16,804$14,630
5 years$15,519$14,778$14,075$13,407$12,774$10,699
6 years$12,803$12,067$11,375$10,722$10,108$8,133
7 years$10,863$10,134$9,452$8,815$8,220$6,347
8 years$9,410$8,687$8,016$7,395$6,820$5,045
9 years$8,279$7,563$6,904$6,299$5,743$4,067
10 years$7,376$6,667$6,019$5,430$4,893$3,312
11 years$6,637$5,935$5,299$4,725$4,208$2,720
12 years$6,022$5,327$4,703$4,145$3,647$2,248
13 years$5,501$4,814$4,202$3,659$3,180$1,867
14 years$5,056$4,376$3,775$3,248$2,788$1,558
15 years$4,670$3,997$3,409$2,897$2,455$1,304
16 years$4,333$3,668$3,091$2,594$2,169$1,095
17 years$4,036$3,378$2,812$2,331$1,923$921
18 years$3,772$3,121$2,567$2,100$1,710$777
19 years$3,536$2,893$2,350$1,898$1,524$656
20 years$3,324$2,688$2,157$1,719$1,362$554
21 years$3,132$2,504$1,984$1,560$1,219$469
22 years$2,958$2,337$1,828$1,418$1,092$398
23 years$2,800$2,186$1,688$1,292$980$337
24 years$2,655$2,048$1,561$1,178$881$286
25 years$2,521$1,922$1,446$1,076$793$243
26 years$2,399$1,806$1,341$984$714$206
27 years$2,285$1,700$1,245$900$644$175
28 years$2,180$1,602$1,158$825$581$149
29 years$2,082$1,511$1,077$757$525$127
30 years$1,991$1,427$1,004$694$474$108
31 years$1,906$1,349$936$638$429$92
32 years$1,826$1,277$873$586$388$78
33 years$1,751$1,209$815$539$351$66
34 years$1,681$1,146$762$496$318$57
35 years$1,615$1,087$712$456$288$48
36 years$1,553$1,032$666$420$261$41
37 years$1,495$980$623$387$236$35
38 years$1,439$931$584$357$214$30
39 years$1,387$885$547$329$194$25
40 years$1,337$842$513$304$176$22
41 years$1,290$802$481$280$160$18
42 years$1,245$764$451$259$145$16
43 years$1,203$728$423$239$132$13
44 years$1,162$694$397$220$119$11
45 years$1,123$661$373$204$108$10
46 years$1,087$631$350$188$98$8
47 years$1,051$602$329$174$89$7
48 years$1,018$575$309$160$81$6
49 years$986$549$291$148$74$5
50 years$955$524$273$137$67$4

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 53 starting with $978,000, adding $5,017 every year, while hoping to spend $42,375 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: 64/27/9 Blend
52$978,000$978,000$978,000$978,000
53$1,082,931$1,031,097$1,015,938$1,149,883
54$1,148,303$1,036,534$1,004,885$1,200,598
55$1,218,923$1,040,817$992,042$1,250,539
56$1,295,282$1,043,846$977,304$1,303,999
57$1,377,917$1,045,511$960,560$1,361,318
58$1,467,423$1,045,699$941,697$1,422,871
59$1,564,451$1,044,289$920,595$1,489,071
60$1,669,717$1,041,151$897,127$1,560,377
61$1,784,009$1,036,149$871,162$1,637,293
62$1,908,195$1,029,137$842,562$1,720,376
63$2,043,228$1,019,961$811,185$1,810,243
64$2,190,156$1,008,459$776,879$1,907,572
65$2,350,134$994,455$739,486$2,013,116
66$2,524,433$977,769$698,844$2,127,701
67$2,714,449$958,203$654,779$2,252,244
68$2,921,722$935,554$607,113$2,387,754
69$3,147,943$909,602$555,658$2,535,346
70$3,394,978$880,118$500,217$2,696,251
71$3,664,878$846,855$440,586$2,871,829
72$3,959,901$809,557$376,552$3,063,579
73$4,282,535$767,949$307,890$3,273,157
74$4,635,517$721,742$234,368$3,502,391
75$5,021,863$670,630$155,742$3,753,298
76$5,444,891$614,290$71,758$4,028,105
77$5,908,259$552,379$0$4,329,268
78$6,415,992$484,536$0$4,661,216
79$6,972,524$410,379$0$5,032,689
80$7,582,739$329,505$0$5,440,119
81$8,252,014$241,486$0$5,887,180
82$8,986,274$145,874$0$6,377,921
83$9,792,045$42,192$0$6,916,810
84$10,676,513$0$0$7,508,774
85$11,647,595$0$0$8,180,062
86$12,714,013$0$0$8,931,091
87$13,885,375$0$0$9,756,099
88$15,172,263$0$0$10,662,551
89$16,586,336$0$0$11,658,667
90$18,140,441$0$0$12,753,506
91$19,848,726$0$0$13,957,047
92$21,726,782$0$0$15,280,284
93$23,791,785$0$0$16,735,329
94$26,062,657$0$0$18,335,527
95$28,560,248$0$0$20,095,580
96$31,307,527$0$0$22,031,689
97$34,329,805$0$0$24,161,701
98$37,654,966$0$0$26,505,282
99$41,313,733$0$0$29,084,099
100$45,339,961$0$0$31,922,027