How to buy mutual funds from Thrivent

We’re delighted you’re considering Thrivent Mutual Funds. No matter how you buy, we’re here to help you invest with confidence.

Buy online through Thrivent Funds

You can open an account and purchase funds right on our site.

Why buy online?

  • Set up an account starting with as little as $50 per month1
  • Access your online account at your convenience.
  • Purchase funds without transaction fees or sales charges.


Buy through a financial professional

Need more guidance? Ask your financial professional about Thrivent Mutual Funds.

Why work with a financial professional?

  • Receive investment help from an experienced professional.
  • Build a relationship through in-person meetings.
  • Get help planning for life’s goals such as saving and retirement.

Additional fees may apply, when working with a financial professional.


Buy through an investment account

Our funds can be purchased through other online brokerage platforms. Search for Thrivent Mutual Funds when making your selections.

Why buy through a brokerage account?

  • Add Thrivent Mutual Funds to investments within your existing portfolio.
  • Take advantage of your account to keep your investments in one place.

Additional fees may apply.


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1 New accounts with a minimum investment amount of $50 are offered through the Thrivent Mutual Funds “automatic purchase plan.” Otherwise, the minimum initial investment requirement is $2,000 for non-retirement accounts and $1,000 for IRA or tax-deferred accounts, minimum subsequent investment requirement is $50 for all account types. $50 a month automatic investment does not apply to the Thrivent Money Market Fund or Thrivent Limited Maturity Bond Fund, which have a minimum monthly investment of $100.

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No matter what you do as an investor, you will probably face a risk of some kind. Even if you don’t invest at all and simply hold onto your cash, you’re still facing inflation risk – the risk that the rising cost of living will dilute your buying power.

For instance, if you had put aside $1,000 in cash in 1989, 30 years later in 2019,  the buying power of that money would have dropped to less than half – just $480 (in 1989 dollars).1 It might make you feel safer to sit on your cash, but it is losing value every day due to the impact of inflation.

A world of risks

Stocks are the most popular types of investments, with 52% of Americans invested in the market either through individual securities or mutual funds, ETFs or similar investments.2 Millions of Americans also own bonds, through mutual funds or as individual securities.

Despite their popularity, stocks and bonds carry multiple risks.

Among the risks stock owners face: 

  • Market risk: the risk that the overall market will drop
  • Sector risk: the risk that the industry or market your stock is in will drop
  • Economic risk: the risk that the economy will slump and drag down the stock market
  • Individual stock risk: the risk that your specific stock will encounter difficult times and drop in value
  • Geographical risk: the risk that the country or region you are invested in will hit hard times driving down the price of stocks in that market.

Fixed-income investments, such as bonds, also carry a variety of risks, such as interest-rate risk. If interest rates rise, typically the market value of many fixed-rate bonds tends to drop because investors can buy similar bonds with higher rates, reducing the attractiveness of the older, lower-yielding bonds.

You may be able to minimize interest-rate risk by investing in very short-term bonds or notes, but they typically pay a very low return, which would open you up to further inflation risk. You might avoid inflation risk by investing in high-yield bonds, but, again, you face interest-rate risk as well as credit risk, which is the risk that the bond may default and become worthless.

Why risk it?

Investors often choose to take on risk because over time the rewards of many investments have tended to outweigh the risks.

Despite all of its volatility, the S&P 500® index has grown by an average of more than 11% per year over the past 50 years (through 2018), while 10-year U.S. Treasury bonds have provided an average annual yield of about 7.0%.3 While past performance may not be indicative of future returns, those historic returns easily outpaced the average annual rate of inflation, which has been about 4% over the past 50 years.4  (The S&P 500® Index is a market-cap weighted index that represents the average performance of a group of 500 large-capitalization stocks.)

Reaching your goals may require risk

If you have ambitious savings goals, taking on risk may be one of the main avenues to achieving those goals.

Let’s say you hope to retire in 30 years, and after calculating your anticipated retirement expenses and factoring in the impact of inflation you determine that you’ll need about $2 million for retirement. (See: How Much Will You Need to Retire?)

To reach $2 million with no risk and no return on your savings, you would need to save $66,667 per year ($5,556 per month) for 30 years, which could be out of reach for most Americans

By taking on some investment risk, you may still be able to reach your goal while saving significantly less each month.

With a relatively conservative approach to investing that earns a long-term return of 5% per year (after expenses), an investment of just $2,500 per month would grow to $2.09 million after 30 years (see graph below).

As the table below shows, more than half of your total of $2.09 million would come from the return on your investment. Your total amount invested during that period would be $900,000 with the remainder, $1.19 million, coming from your investment returns.


Annual Return % Monthly Investment Total 30-yr contribution Investment Return ($) Balance after 30 yrs
0% $5,556 $2,000,000 0 $2,000,000
5% $2,500 $900,000 $1,193,235 $2,093,235
10% $1,000 $360,000 $1,939,140 $2,299,140

Hypothetical example is for illustrative purposes only. It is not intended to represent the performance of any particular security or product, nor does it take into consideration any product expenses, such as fees or sales charges. The results would be reduced if they were included.

Pursuing your goals when investing less

What if you can only afford to save $1,000 a month? As the above table shows, you could reach $2 million in 30 years at $1,000 per month if you can generate an average investment return of 10% per year.

That would mean taking on more risk, but, as mentioned above, the S&P 500® has averaged a return of more than 11% per year over the past 50 years. Although you can’t invest directly in an index, you can invest in mutual funds that invest primarily in stocks and, in some cases, may provide returns similar to the performance of the index.

While stocks may be volatile in the short term, the performance of the overall stock market has tended to even out over the long term as the economy moves through its various cycles.

As the above table illustrates, with the 10% annual return example, your $1,000 monthly contributions would add up to $360,000 during the 30-year period, while your investment return would total $1.94 million – more than five times the dollar amount you invested – to reach the $2.3 million total balance.

The graph below illustrates the monthly contribution required to reach about $2 million after 30 years based on no return, a 5% return or a 10% return:


Hypothetical example is for illustrative purposes only. It is not intended to represent the performance of any particular security or product, nor does it take into consideration any product expenses, such as fees or sales charges. The results would be reduced if they were included.

The monthly amount you invest and the investment choices you make – whether your portfolio is mostly stocks (or stock funds), bonds (or bond funds) or a diversified mix of both – should be based on your own means, goals and threshold for risk. But remember, avoiding one type of risk may mean facing another, including the risk of failing to reach your retirement goals.



The concepts presented are intended for educational purposes only. This information should not be considered investment advice or a recommendation of any particular security, strategy, or product.

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Gallup, “Just Over Half of Americans Own Stocks,” April 16, 2016

New York University, Annual Returns on Investment