Visual Retirement Calculator
Adjust the orange knobs to:
- Set your current age and desired retirement age.
- Specify your current retirement savings and the amount you want left at the end of your life.
- Adjust the Balance knob and the interest rate to see different scenarios affecting how much money you need to contribute in order to live comfortably after retirement.
This simulation calculates compound interest only. It does not attempt to calculate or predict inflation, taxes, pensions, government programs, or any other costs, benefits, or risks. With that in mind:
- You can consider the interest rate to be adjusted for inflation, and all dollar amounts to be valued in today's dollars.
- Assume that Monthly Contribution amounts are after taxes and Monthly Withdraw amounts are before taxes.
- If you expect to receive money from pension plans, add the expected monthly income to your Monthly Withdraw amount.
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