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Retirement Planner

Do you know what it will take to create a secure retirement Use this calculator to help you create your retirement plan. View your retirement savings balance and your withdrawals for each year until the end of your retirement. Social security is calculated on a sliding scale based on your income. Including a non-working spouse in your plan increases your social security benefits up to, but not over, the maximum.

Definitions

Current age
Your current age.

Age of retirement
Age you wish to retire. This calculator assumes that the year you retire you do not make any contributions to your retirement savings. So if you retire at age 65, your last contribution happened when you were actually age 64. This calculator also assumes that you make your entire contribution at the end of each year.

Household income
Your total household income. If you are married this should include your spouse's income.

Current retirement savings
Total amount that you currently have saved toward your retirement. Include all sources of retirement savings such as 401(k)s, IRAs and Annuities.

Pre-retirement rate of return
This is the annual rate of return you expect from your investments before taxes. The actual rate of return is largely dependant on the type of investments you select. For example, from January 1970 to February 2003 the average compounded rate of return for the S&P 500, including reinvestment of dividends, was approximately 11%. Savings accounts at a bank pay as little as 2% or less. It is important to remember that future rates of return can't be predicted with certainty and that investments that pay higher rates of return are subject to higher risk and volitility. The actual rate of return on investments can vary widely over time, especially for long-term investments. This includes the potential loss of principal on your investment.

Post-retirement rate of return
This is the annual rate of return your expect from your investments during retirement. It is often lower than the return earned before retirement due to more conservative investment choices to help insure a steady flow of income. For example, from January 1970 to February 2003 the average compounded rate of return for the S&P 500, including reinvestment of dividends, was approximately 11%. Savings accounts at a bank pay as little as 2% or less. It is important to remember that future rates of return can't be predicted with certainty and that investments that pay higher rates of return are subject to higher risk and volitility. The actual rate of return on investments can vary widely over time, especially for long-term investments. This includes the potential loss of principal on your investment.

Percent of income to save
The percentage of your annual income you will save for your retirement goals.

Expected salary increase
Annual percent increase you expect in your household income.

Years until retirement
Number of years before retirement.

Years of retirement income
Total number of years you expect to use your retirement income.

Percent of income at retirement
The percent of your working year's household income you think you will need to have in retirement. This amount is based on your income earned during the last year you will work. The default is 70%. You can change this amount to be as low as 50% and as high as 150%.

Are you married
Check this box if you are married. Married couples have a higher maximum social security benefit than single wage earners.

Include social security
Check this box if you wish to include social security benefits in your retirement planning.

Expected rate of inflation
What you expect for the average long term inflation rate.


Information and interactive calculators are made available to you as self-help tools for your independent use and are not intended to provide investment advice. We can not and do not guarantee their applicability or accuracy in regards to your individual circumstances. All examples are hypothetical and are for illustrative purposes. We encourage you to seek personalized advice from qualified professionals regarding all personal finance issues.

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