Can I retire at age 72 with 497,000?

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 $497,000?

Depending on your rate of return and investment timeframe, you'll need to save this amount every month.
2%4%6%8%10%12.8%
1 years$41,042$40,676$40,320$39,971$39,631$39,169
2 years$20,318$19,939$19,573$19,217$18,872$18,406
3 years$13,411$13,031$12,665$12,313$11,973$11,519
4 years$9,958$9,579$9,217$8,870$8,539$8,100
5 years$7,887$7,510$7,153$6,813$6,492$6,068
6 years$6,506$6,132$5,780$5,449$5,137$4,730
7 years$5,521$5,150$4,803$4,480$4,177$3,788
8 years$4,782$4,415$4,074$3,758$3,466$3,093
9 years$4,207$3,844$3,509$3,201$2,918$2,562
10 years$3,748$3,388$3,059$2,759$2,487$2,147
11 years$3,373$3,016$2,693$2,401$2,139$1,815
12 years$3,060$2,707$2,390$2,106$1,853$1,546
13 years$2,796$2,446$2,135$1,860$1,616$1,324
14 years$2,569$2,224$1,919$1,651$1,417$1,140
15 years$2,373$2,031$1,732$1,472$1,247$985
16 years$2,202$1,864$1,571$1,318$1,102$854
17 years$2,051$1,716$1,429$1,184$977$743
18 years$1,917$1,586$1,305$1,067$869$648
19 years$1,797$1,470$1,194$964$775$566
20 years$1,689$1,366$1,096$873$692$495
21 years$1,592$1,272$1,008$793$619$434
22 years$1,503$1,188$929$721$555$381
23 years$1,423$1,111$858$656$498$335
24 years$1,349$1,041$793$599$448$295
25 years$1,281$977$735$547$403$260
26 years$1,219$918$682$500$363$229
27 years$1,161$864$633$458$327$202
28 years$1,108$814$588$419$295$178
29 years$1,058$768$548$384$267$157
30 years$1,012$725$510$353$241$139
31 years$968$686$475$324$218$123
32 years$928$649$444$298$197$109
33 years$890$614$414$274$178$96
34 years$854$582$387$252$161$85
35 years$821$552$362$232$146$75
36 years$789$524$338$214$132$66
37 years$760$498$317$197$120$59
38 years$731$473$297$181$109$52
39 years$705$450$278$167$99$46
40 years$679$428$261$154$90$41
41 years$656$407$244$142$81$36
42 years$633$388$229$131$74$32
43 years$611$370$215$121$67$28
44 years$591$352$202$112$61$25
45 years$571$336$190$103$55$22
46 years$552$321$178$96$50$20
47 years$534$306$167$88$45$18
48 years$517$292$157$82$41$16
49 years$501$279$148$75$37$14
50 years$485$266$139$70$34$12

Sample Expected Returns by Investment Class

How long will my money last in retirement? Person retiring at age 72 starting with $497,000, adding $3,393 every year, while hoping to spend $38,701 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: 63/27/10 Blend
71$497,000$497,000$497,000$497,000
72$551,194$524,853$517,149$584,490
73$566,238$509,393$493,296$591,703
74$581,520$491,879$467,347$594,775
75$597,022$472,168$439,191$597,153
76$612,726$450,112$408,711$598,770
77$628,607$425,551$375,786$599,552
78$644,641$398,318$340,290$599,420
79$660,795$368,236$302,091$598,290
80$677,034$335,118$261,049$596,069
81$693,318$298,766$217,021$592,658
82$709,601$258,970$169,855$587,951
83$725,830$215,509$119,395$581,832
84$741,945$168,149$65,476$574,177
85$757,880$116,645$7,926$564,852
86$773,558$60,735$0$553,712
87$788,894$145$0$546,308
88$803,793$0$0$538,037
89$818,145$0$0$547,327
90$831,831$0$0$556,177
91$844,715$0$0$564,450
92$856,646$0$0$572,040
93$867,457$0$0$578,831
94$876,958$0$0$584,689
95$884,940$0$0$589,471
96$891,170$0$0$593,011
97$895,389$0$0$595,131
98$897,308$0$0$595,628
99$896,605$0$0$594,280
100$892,927$0$0$590,837