Can I Retire At 55 With $2 Million In My 401K?

Shawn Plummer, CRPC

Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor

Retire At 55 With $2 Million In Your 401K

Yes, you can retire at 55 with $2 million in your 401k. Here are the key considerations:

Annuity Options:

  • Immediate Annuity: If you buy an annuity at 55, you can receive $121,600 annually for life.
  • Deferred Annuity: If you purchase the annuity at 55 but start receiving payments at 60, the annual payout increases to $193,386.

Use our annuity calculator to estimate your retirement income.

IRS Early Withdrawal Penalty:

  • Withdrawing from your 401k before age 59½ may incur a 10% early withdrawal penalty.

72t Distribution:

  • This is an IRS rule that allows penalty-free withdrawals from an IRA or 401k before age 59½ under specific circumstances.

Social Security Benefits:

  • You can start collecting Social Security at a minimum age of 62, but this will be less than your full retirement benefit.

Health Insurance Considerations:

  • You’ll need private health insurance until you are eligible for Medicare at age 65.

Retirement Planning Table

55Buy Annuity$121,600/year (immediate annuity)
5572t DistributionAvoid early withdrawal penalty
55-64Private Health InsuranceCoverage until Medicare
60Start Annuity (if deferred)$193,386/year
62+Collect Social SecurityReduced benefit before full retirement
65+Medicare EligibilityHealth coverage


Retiring at 55 with $2 million in your 401k is feasible, especially with careful planning around annuities, avoiding penalties, and ensuring health insurance coverage until Medicare. Consider all these factors to optimize your retirement income and security. Contact us today for a free quote.

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Shawn Plummer, CRPC

Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor

Shawn Plummer is a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor, insurance agent, and annuity broker with over 14 years of first-hand experience with annuities and insurance. Since beginning his journey in 2009, he has been pivotal in selling and educating about annuities and insurance products. Still, he has also played an instrumental role in training financial advisors for a prestigious Fortune Global 500 insurance company, Allianz. His insights and expertise have made him a sought-after voice in the industry, leading to features in renowned publications such as Time Magazine, Bloomberg, Entrepreneur, Yahoo! Finance, MSN, SmartAsset, The Simple Dollar, U.S. News and World Report, Women’s Health Magazine, and many more. Shawn’s driving ambition? To simplify retirement planning, he ensures his clients understand their choices and secure the best insurance coverage at unbeatable rates.

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