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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.


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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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A low-cost retirement plan for small business owners

By Gene Walden, Senior Finance Editor  | 12/07/2021

Small business owners can offer employees (and themselves) a tax-deferred retirement savings plan similar to the plans offered by larger corporations – but without incurring the high start-up and operating costs of a conventional retirement savings plan such as a 401(k).

A Simplified Employee Pension Plan (SEP) is similar to corporate retirement plans such as 401(k)s in that:

  • Both are funded with pre-tax contributions
  • Investments within both plans grow tax-deferred
  • Withdrawals in retirement are taxed at your ordinary income rate in the year of the withdrawal

However, there are also some important differences. While 401(k) plans are funded with the pre-tax compensation from employees (sometimes supplemented with a full or partial match by the employer), all contributions made to a SEP must come from the employer on behalf of the employees.

An employer could make an annual contribution of up to the lesser of 25%1 of each employee’s compensation2 or $58,000 (whichever is less) for 2021 and $61,000 for 2022.

Here are several other key facts to know about a SEP for small business owners:

  • If the employer makes contributions on their own behalf, they must also make contributions on behalf of all eligible employees.
  • Employees are always 100% vested in (or, have ownership of) all SEP-IRA money.
  • The employer can adjust the contribution each year as the situation warrants.
  • Any employees who are at least age 21 years old and worked for you at any time in three out of the prior five years must be included in the SEP plan.
    • For instance, someone who worked for you in 2017, 2018 and 2020 would be eligible for your plan, and you would be required to make a contribution for him or her for the 2021 plan year.
    • If you want to stash away 15% of your compensation for yourself, you must also contribute an amount equal to 15% of that employee’s compensation to his or her SEP IRA. Although the contribution comes directly from the company rather than from the employee’s wages, the employees own and control their own accounts.
    • If you are an employee with a SEP IRA account, you can:
      • Keep your money in the SEP IRA
      • Transfer your money to a Traditional IRA, Roth IRA (this is a taxable event), or another SEP IRA
      • Roll over your money to another SEP IRA, a 401(k), a 403(b) or 457(b) account in which you participate if the receiving plan accepts rollovers.
  • Participants must start taking required minimum distributions (RMDs) in the year they turn 72. (See: SECURE Act alters retirement investing options for individuals and businesses)
  • Employees who take a distribution before age 59 ½ would be required to pay income taxes and possibly a 10% early distribution penalty. The 10% penalty may not be imposed if certain conditions apply, such as a permanent disability. The money may also be used for a down payment for first time home buyers or to help pay your children’s higher education costs. See the full list of exceptions.
Self-employed individuals can also open a SEP plan for their retirement savings. (See: Self-employed workers can also benefit from tax-deferred retirement plans)

How to set up a SEP for your business

Establishing a SEP for your business involves maintaining a plan document. The IRS provides a prototype document called the 5305-SEP, Simplified Employee Pension.  That is a matter that you may choose to handle through your tax advisor or on your own. (For more details, see IRS article How do I establish a SEP?)

Once your business has completed the required IRS form, you and your employees would be able to open SEP IRA accounts with a qualified financial institution to receive the contributions and enable participants to invest their funds. While contributions come from the employer, each employee owns and controls their own SEP IRA account.

Thrivent Mutual Funds offers a SEP IRA that enables you to choose from all-in-one investments or build your own allocations according to your specific objectives. Whether your goal is accumulation or distribution, Thrivent Mutual Funds offers simple solutions to diversify investments based on your risk tolerance. If you are offering or part of a SEP Plan, consider opening a SEP IRA through Thrivent Mutual Funds to save for your retirement.

1 Self Employed owners who file Schedule C are limited to 20% of net earned income

2 For Schedule C filer, it would be net earned income; for Schedule C or Sub S Corporation filer, it would be W-2 income.

The information provided is not intended as a source for tax, legal or accounting advice. Please consult with a legal and/or tax professional for specific information regarding your individual situation.

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