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.

 


Not quite ready?

We want you to invest your money wisely and with confidence. Here are some other options that may help you.

 

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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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RETIREMENT PLANNING

If you’re self-employed, you can still benefit from a tax-deferred retirement plan

12/22/2020
By Gene Walden, Senior Finance Editor | 12/22/2020

You don’t have to work for a big corporation to enjoy the same type of tax benefits that many corporate employees experience with their company retirement plans. If you’re self-employed, you can open a Simplified Employee Pension Plan (SEP) that may allow you to contribute thousands of dollars each year to a tax-deferred account.

SEPs are similar to 401(k) and other corporate retirement plans in that both are funded with money you make before taxes, or pre-tax contributions. Investments within both plans grow tax-deferred, and withdrawals in retirement are generally taxed at your ordinary income rate in the year of the withdrawal. A SEP plan can be established and maintained each year with less cost and administrative effort on your part.

If you’re self-employed, here’s some info you might want to know about these popular plans:

  • You may contribute up to 25%1 of your compensation2 or $57,000 (whichever is less) for 2020 and $58,000 for 2021.
  • You can contribute to a SEP every year you are self-employed and have earned income, regardless of your age. 
  • You can adjust your contribution amount each year as the situation warrants.
  • You have until your business’ tax filing date plus extensions to set up and fund a SEP.3
  • You must start taking required minimum distributions (RMDs) in the year you turn 72. (See: Ready for Age 72? Make the most of required distributions)

If you take a distribution before age 59½, you would normally be subject to income taxes and a 10% early distribution penalty, although certain exceptions apply. The 10% penalty may not be imposed if the following conditions apply:

  • You are totally and permanently disabled.
  • You (and your spouse) are a first-time home buyer(s), in which case you can use up to $10,000 from your SEP to make a down payment on a home.
  • You are using the distribution to cover unreimbursed medical expenses.
  • You use the money to pay health insurance premiums while you’re unemployed.
  • You use the money for qualified higher education expenses.
  • You have a new baby or adopt a child. You may withdraw up to $5,000 from your IRA without a penalty. The withdrawal must be made within one year after the birth or adoption date. The distribution may be treated as a rollover and may be resubmitted to an eligible retirement plan or IRA. (See: SECURE Act alters retirement investing options for individuals and businesses)
  • For more information, see Exceptions to tax on early distributions

Although you would not pay a penalty on money withdrawn after 59½ (or if you qualify for an early distribution exception), you would owe taxes on all distribution at your ordinary income rate for the current tax year.

Other SEP guidelines

If you hire any employees, some other requirements would apply. For instance:

  • Contributions are only made by the employer, no employee contributions are allowed.
  • If you have any employees who are at least age 21 and worked for you at any time in three out of the prior five years they must be included in the SEP plan.
  • If you contribute on your own behalf, you must also contribute on behalf of all eligible employees.
  • Employees are always 100% vested in (or, have ownership of) all SEP-IRA contributions.

How to set up a SEP for your business

Establishing a SEP for your business starts with maintaining a plan document. The IRS provides a prototype document called the 5305-SEP, Simplified Employee Pension form.  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 established the SEP Plan, you would be able to open a SEP IRA account with a qualified financial institution to receive your contributions and provide investment choices, such as mutual funds, in which to invest your funds.

A SEP plan can put you on the road to retirement with tax benefits similar to those of corporate retirement plans. You can open a SEP IRA today through Thrivent Mutual Funds and start saving 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.

3 IRS.gov, Retirement Plans FAQs regarding SEP contributions


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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