Retire a Millionaire

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Find out how much you need to save each month to reach $500,000, $1 million of $2 million by age 65.

The road to $1 million starts early, but if you're a late bloomer, help is at hand. The information below shows how much you need to save each month to accumulate $500,000, $1 million or $2 million by age 65, along with strategies for achieving that goal. At age 25, you're starting from scratch. At ages 35, 45 and 55, we assume you already have money in savings, on which you're earning 8% annually.

AGE 25

You've saved: $0
To reach $500,000, what you need to save per month: $143
To reach $1 million, what you need to save per month: $286
To reach $2 million, what you need to save per month: $573
     
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Get help from Uncle Sam: You may qualify for a retirement-savings tax credit of 10% to 50% of the amount you contribute to an IRA, 401(k) or other retirement account. The credit can reduce your tax bill by up to $1,000. To qualify, your income must be $25,000 or less if you're single, $37,500 or less if you're a head of household or $50,000 or less if you're married.

AGE 35

You've saved: $0
To reach $500,000, what you need to save per month: $335
To reach $1 million, what you need to save per month: $671
To reach $2 million, what you need to save per month: $1,342

You've saved: $25,000
To reach $500,000, what you need to save per month: $152
To reach $1 million, what you need to save per month: $488
To reach $2 million, what you need to save per month: $1,159

Get help from your boss: If your employer offers a matching contribution, contribute at least enough to your 401(k) to capture the full match. Otherwise, you're walking away from free money. Try to save 15% of your gross income for retirement, including your employer match.

AGE 45

You've saved: $0
To reach $500,000, what you need to save per month: $849
To reach $1 million, what you need to save per month: $1,698
To reach $2 million, what you need to save per month: $3,395You've saved: $25,000
To reach $500,000, what you need to save per month: $640
To reach $1 million, what you need to save per month: $1,489
To reach $2 million, what you need to save per month: $3,186You've saved: $50,000
To reach $500,000, what you need to save per month: $431
To reach $1 million, what you need to save per month: $1,280
To reach $2 million, what you need to save per month: $2,977You've saved: $100,000
To reach $500,000, what you need to save per month: $12
To reach $1 million, what you need to save per month: $861
To reach $2 million, what you need to save per month: $2,559

Play catch-up: Aim to contribute the maximum $15,500 to your 401(k) this year or $4,000 to your traditional or Roth IRA. Once you turn 50, you can contribute an additional $5,000 in catch-up contributions to your 401(k) and an extra $1,000 to your IRA.

AGE 55

You've saved: $0
To reach $500,000, what you need to save per month: $2,733
To reach $1 million, what you need to save per month: $5,466
To reach $1 million, what you need to save per month: $10,932You've saved: $25,000
To reach $500,000, what you need to save per month: $2,430
To reach $1 million, what you need to save per month: $5,163
To reach $2 million, what you need to save per month: $10,629You've saved: $50,000
To reach $500,000, what you need to save per month: $2,126
To reach $1 million, what you need to save per month: $4,859
To reach $2 million, what you need to save per month: $10,326You've saved: $100,000
To reach $500,000, what you need to save per month: $1,520
To reach $1 million, what you need to save per month: $4,253
To reach $2 million, what you need to save per month: $9,719You've saved: $200,000
To reach $500,000, what you need to save per month: $306
To reach $1 million, what you need to save per month: $3,040
To reach $2 million, what you need to save per month: $8,506

Stay on the job: Working a few years longer can boost your savings.

Source: Nuveen Investments

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