Can I retire at age 56 with 538,000?

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:
0%
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 $538,000?

Depending on your rate of return and investment timeframe, you'll need to save this amount every month.
2%4%6%8%10%11.7%
1 years$44,428$44,032$43,646$43,269$42,901$42,595
2 years$21,994$21,584$21,187$20,802$20,429$20,120
3 years$14,517$14,106$13,710$13,328$12,961$12,659
4 years$10,779$10,369$9,977$9,602$9,244$8,952
5 years$8,537$8,129$7,743$7,375$7,027$6,745
6 years$7,043$6,638$6,257$5,898$5,560$5,289
7 years$5,976$5,575$5,200$4,849$4,522$4,261
8 years$5,176$4,779$4,410$4,068$3,751$3,501
9 years$4,555$4,161$3,798$3,465$3,159$2,920
10 years$4,057$3,667$3,311$2,987$2,692$2,463
11 years$3,651$3,265$2,915$2,599$2,315$2,096
12 years$3,312$2,930$2,587$2,280$2,006$1,797
13 years$3,026$2,648$2,311$2,013$1,749$1,551
14 years$2,781$2,407$2,077$1,787$1,534$1,344
15 years$2,569$2,199$1,875$1,594$1,350$1,170
16 years$2,384$2,018$1,700$1,427$1,193$1,023
17 years$2,220$1,858$1,547$1,282$1,058$896
18 years$2,075$1,717$1,412$1,155$941$788
19 years$1,945$1,591$1,293$1,044$839$694
20 years$1,828$1,479$1,186$946$749$612
21 years$1,723$1,377$1,091$858$670$541
22 years$1,627$1,286$1,006$780$601$479
23 years$1,540$1,202$929$711$539$424
24 years$1,460$1,127$859$648$485$377
25 years$1,387$1,057$796$592$436$335
26 years$1,319$994$738$541$393$297
27 years$1,257$935$685$495$354$265
28 years$1,199$881$637$454$320$236
29 years$1,145$831$593$416$289$210
30 years$1,095$785$552$382$261$187
31 years$1,048$742$515$351$236$167
32 years$1,005$702$480$322$213$149
33 years$963$665$448$296$193$133
34 years$925$630$419$273$175$119
35 years$889$598$392$251$158$106
36 years$854$567$366$231$143$95
37 years$822$539$343$213$130$85
38 years$792$512$321$196$118$76
39 years$763$487$301$181$107$68
40 years$736$463$282$167$97$60
41 years$710$441$264$154$88$54
42 years$685$420$248$142$80$48
43 years$662$400$233$131$72$43
44 years$639$382$218$121$66$39
45 years$618$364$205$112$60$35
46 years$598$347$193$103$54$31
47 years$578$331$181$96$49$28
48 years$560$316$170$88$45$25
49 years$542$302$160$82$41$22
50 years$525$288$150$75$37$20

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 56 starting with $538,000, adding $5,672 every year, while hoping to spend $26,934 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: 50/20/30 Blend
55$538,000$538,000$538,000$538,000
56$598,727$570,213$561,874$623,323
57$631,139$569,496$552,039$640,428
58$665,955$567,841$540,972$655,897
59$703,391$565,173$528,603$672,196
60$743,685$561,415$514,859$689,416
61$787,098$556,482$499,664$707,661
62$833,918$550,285$482,939$727,044
63$884,459$542,730$464,598$747,696
64$939,067$533,717$444,556$769,757
65$998,125$523,142$422,721$793,389
66$1,062,049$510,891$398,998$818,767
67$1,131,300$496,847$373,286$846,091
68$1,206,384$480,884$345,483$875,579
69$1,287,856$462,868$315,478$907,478
70$1,376,329$442,661$283,158$942,059
71$1,472,475$420,112$248,404$979,625
72$1,577,035$395,064$211,093$1,020,513
73$1,690,822$367,352$171,094$1,065,096
74$1,814,733$336,799$128,273$1,113,789
75$1,949,753$303,220$82,488$1,167,053
76$2,096,968$266,418$33,591$1,225,399
77$2,257,571$226,185$0$1,289,393
78$2,432,878$182,302$0$1,365,615
79$2,624,334$134,538$0$1,460,672
80$2,833,533$82,647$0$1,564,627
81$3,062,228$26,371$0$1,678,390
82$3,312,349$0$0$1,802,969
83$3,586,023$0$0$1,947,079
84$3,885,589$0$0$2,111,233
85$4,213,626$0$0$2,291,044
86$4,572,972$0$0$2,488,078
87$4,966,751$0$0$2,704,054
88$5,398,408$0$0$2,940,869
89$5,871,732$0$0$3,200,610
90$6,390,900$0$0$3,485,578
91$6,960,510$0$0$3,798,306
92$7,585,630$0$0$4,141,584
93$8,271,840$0$0$4,518,485
94$9,025,286$0$0$4,932,396
95$9,852,739$0$0$5,387,046
96$10,761,659$0$0$5,886,543
97$11,760,263$0$0$6,435,416
98$12,857,604$0$0$7,038,649
99$14,063,653$0$0$7,701,737
100$15,389,399$0$0$8,430,732