Can I retire at age 55 with 518,000?

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 $518,000?

Depending on your rate of return and investment timeframe, you'll need to save this amount every month.
2%4%6%8%10%18.4%
1 years$42,776$42,395$42,023$41,660$41,306$39,904
2 years$21,176$20,782$20,400$20,029$19,670$18,271
3 years$13,977$13,581$13,200$12,833$12,479$11,128
4 years$10,378$9,984$9,606$9,245$8,900$7,607
5 years$8,220$7,827$7,455$7,101$6,766$5,534
6 years$6,781$6,392$6,025$5,679$5,354$4,184
7 years$5,754$5,368$5,006$4,669$4,354$3,246
8 years$4,984$4,601$4,246$3,917$3,612$2,565
9 years$4,385$4,006$3,657$3,336$3,042$2,055
10 years$3,907$3,531$3,188$2,876$2,592$1,663
11 years$3,515$3,144$2,807$2,503$2,229$1,357
12 years$3,189$2,821$2,491$2,195$1,932$1,114
13 years$2,914$2,550$2,226$1,938$1,684$919
14 years$2,678$2,318$2,000$1,720$1,477$762
15 years$2,474$2,117$1,805$1,534$1,300$633
16 years$2,295$1,943$1,637$1,374$1,149$528
17 years$2,138$1,789$1,490$1,234$1,019$441
18 years$1,998$1,653$1,360$1,112$906$369
19 years$1,873$1,532$1,245$1,005$807$309
20 years$1,761$1,424$1,142$910$721$259
21 years$1,659$1,326$1,051$826$645$218
22 years$1,567$1,238$968$751$578$183
23 years$1,483$1,158$894$684$519$154
24 years$1,406$1,085$827$624$467$130
25 years$1,335$1,018$766$570$420$109
26 years$1,270$957$710$521$378$92
27 years$1,210$900$660$477$341$78
28 years$1,155$848$613$437$308$65
29 years$1,103$800$571$401$278$55
30 years$1,054$756$532$368$251$47
31 years$1,009$715$496$338$227$39
32 years$967$676$462$310$205$33
33 years$928$640$432$285$186$28
34 years$891$607$403$263$168$24
35 years$856$576$377$242$152$20
36 years$823$546$353$223$138$17
37 years$792$519$330$205$125$14
38 years$762$493$309$189$113$12
39 years$735$469$290$174$103$10
40 years$708$446$272$161$93$9
41 years$683$425$255$148$85$7
42 years$659$404$239$137$77$6
43 years$637$385$224$126$70$5
44 years$615$367$210$117$63$4
45 years$595$350$198$108$57$4
46 years$575$334$186$100$52$3
47 years$557$319$174$92$47$3
48 years$539$304$164$85$43$2
49 years$522$291$154$79$39$2
50 years$506$278$145$73$35$2

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 55 starting with $518,000, adding $4,744 every year, while hoping to spend $33,659 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: 38/37/25 Blend
54$518,000$518,000$518,000$518,000
55$575,729$548,275$540,246$593,161
56$598,641$539,328$522,532$597,363
57$622,761$528,814$503,096$598,434
58$648,178$516,621$481,845$598,931
59$674,987$502,631$458,681$598,821
60$703,293$486,717$433,504$598,073
61$733,209$468,746$406,206$596,656
62$764,859$448,577$376,677$594,537
63$798,378$426,060$344,799$591,687
64$833,914$401,039$310,452$588,074
65$871,630$373,347$273,508$583,668
66$911,701$342,806$233,836$578,442
67$954,321$309,230$191,296$572,367
68$999,702$272,422$145,744$565,418
69$1,048,075$232,173$97,030$557,573
70$1,099,693$188,265$44,995$548,812
71$1,154,835$140,463$0$539,119
72$1,213,805$88,523$0$531,292
73$1,276,937$32,184$0$535,505
74$1,344,598$0$0$539,789
75$1,417,188$0$0$555,937
76$1,495,149$0$0$587,402
77$1,578,964$0$0$621,282
78$1,669,164$0$0$657,796
79$1,766,334$0$0$697,190
80$1,871,112$0$0$739,728
81$1,984,203$0$0$785,706
82$2,106,379$0$0$835,445
83$2,238,491$0$0$889,299
84$2,381,472$0$0$947,659
85$2,536,349$0$0$1,010,953
86$2,704,250$0$0$1,079,651
87$2,886,417$0$0$1,154,273
88$3,084,214$0$0$1,235,388
89$3,299,143$0$0$1,323,622
90$3,532,855$0$0$1,419,667
91$3,787,168$0$0$1,524,281
92$4,064,081$0$0$1,638,299
93$4,365,793$0$0$1,762,642
94$4,694,726$0$0$1,898,320
95$5,053,545$0$0$2,046,448
96$5,445,181$0$0$2,208,252
97$5,872,864$0$0$2,385,081
98$6,340,147$0$0$2,578,422
99$6,850,943$0$0$2,789,911
100$7,409,559$0$0$3,021,349