Can I retire at age 55 with 400,000?

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 $400,000?

Depending on your rate of return and investment timeframe, you'll need to save this amount every month.
2%4%6%8%10%18.9%
1 years$33,032$32,737$32,450$32,170$31,897$30,753
2 years$16,352$16,048$15,753$15,466$15,189$14,049
3 years$10,793$10,487$10,193$9,909$9,636$8,536
4 years$8,014$7,709$7,418$7,139$6,873$5,820
5 years$6,347$6,044$5,757$5,484$5,225$4,223
6 years$5,236$4,936$4,652$4,385$4,134$3,184
7 years$4,443$4,145$3,866$3,605$3,362$2,463
8 years$3,849$3,553$3,279$3,024$2,789$1,941
9 years$3,386$3,093$2,824$2,576$2,349$1,550
10 years$3,017$2,727$2,462$2,221$2,001$1,251
11 years$2,714$2,427$2,167$1,933$1,721$1,017
12 years$2,463$2,179$1,924$1,695$1,492$832
13 years$2,250$1,969$1,719$1,497$1,301$684
14 years$2,068$1,790$1,544$1,329$1,140$565
15 years$1,910$1,635$1,394$1,185$1,004$468
16 years$1,772$1,500$1,264$1,061$887$389
17 years$1,651$1,381$1,150$953$787$323
18 years$1,543$1,277$1,050$859$699$270
19 years$1,446$1,183$961$776$623$225
20 years$1,359$1,099$882$703$557$188
21 years$1,281$1,024$811$638$498$157
22 years$1,210$956$748$580$447$132
23 years$1,145$894$690$528$401$110
24 years$1,086$838$639$482$360$93
25 years$1,031$786$591$440$324$78
26 years$981$739$549$402$292$65
27 years$935$695$509$368$263$55
28 years$892$655$474$337$238$46
29 years$852$618$441$309$215$39
30 years$814$584$410$284$194$32
31 years$779$552$383$261$175$27
32 years$747$522$357$240$159$23
33 years$716$494$333$220$144$19
34 years$688$469$311$203$130$16
35 years$661$444$291$187$118$14
36 years$635$422$272$172$107$11
37 years$611$401$255$158$97$10
38 years$589$381$239$146$88$8
39 years$567$362$224$135$79$7
40 years$547$345$210$124$72$6
41 years$528$328$197$115$65$5
42 years$509$312$184$106$59$4
43 years$492$298$173$98$54$3
44 years$475$284$162$90$49$3
45 years$459$270$153$83$44$2
46 years$444$258$143$77$40$2
47 years$430$246$135$71$37$2
48 years$416$235$126$66$33$1
49 years$403$224$119$61$30$1
50 years$391$214$112$56$27$1

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 55 starting with $400,000, adding $2,208 every year, while hoping to spend $27,563 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: 61/29/10 Blend
54$400,000$400,000$400,000$400,000
55$443,078$421,878$415,678$468,964
56$458,945$413,223$400,276$477,926
57$475,506$403,220$383,435$484,350
58$492,805$391,774$365,076$490,675
59$510,884$378,785$345,120$496,893
60$529,794$364,145$323,481$502,995
61$549,587$347,742$300,071$508,974
62$570,320$329,457$274,799$514,823
63$592,055$309,162$247,567$520,535
64$614,859$286,726$218,275$526,103
65$638,806$262,006$186,818$531,523
66$663,973$234,854$153,086$536,793
67$690,448$205,112$116,964$541,909
68$718,324$172,612$78,333$546,873
69$747,704$137,180$37,067$551,685
70$778,697$98,630$0$556,352
71$811,425$56,764$0$561,624
72$846,021$11,376$0$571,038
73$882,628$0$0$580,664
74$921,404$0$0$602,587
75$962,521$0$0$629,697
76$1,006,167$0$0$658,491
77$1,052,546$0$0$689,105
78$1,101,884$0$0$721,691
79$1,154,428$0$0$756,412
80$1,210,445$0$0$793,450
81$1,270,231$0$0$833,002
82$1,334,110$0$0$875,285
83$1,402,436$0$0$920,537
84$1,475,596$0$0$969,017
85$1,554,017$0$0$1,021,012
86$1,638,166$0$0$1,076,834
87$1,728,556$0$0$1,136,829
88$1,825,750$0$0$1,201,372
89$1,930,366$0$0$1,270,880
90$2,043,081$0$0$1,345,807
91$2,164,642$0$0$1,426,653
92$2,295,866$0$0$1,513,968
93$2,437,654$0$0$1,608,356
94$2,590,994$0$0$1,710,481
95$2,756,973$0$0$1,821,071
96$2,936,785$0$0$1,940,929
97$3,131,744$0$0$2,070,938
98$3,343,294$0$0$2,212,066
99$3,573,024$0$0$2,365,381
100$3,822,680$0$0$2,532,056