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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Will you have enough to make your retirement plans a reality?

04/05/2022
By Gene Rebek, Author | 04/05/2022

After years of hard work (and some delayed gratification), you’re finally looking forward to a fulfilling retirement. And you have some big plans. Travel. Fine dining. A cozy cabin in the woods.

The question is: Will you have enough money to make those plans a reality?

A healthy ‘check’ on reality

If you’re just starting retirement or expect to do so soon, you may be looking at your retirement assets—401(k), IRAs, annuities and other investment vehicles, as well as Social Security—and feeling pretty confident. More than 70% of Americans say they feel confident they’ll have enough money for a comfortable retirement. Among retirees, that confidence level is around 80%.1

But the fact is, many retirees and retirees-to-be may be overconfident. And that means they’re likely to overspend. People who do often find that those “golden” years become tarnished—and more quickly than they could have imagined.

How much is enough?

That’s up to you to determine based on how you want to live out your retirement years. We’ve all heard the stat about needing around 80% of our pre-retirement income in retirement. That is a good starting point. But then you need to factor in your anticipated lifestyle and health scenario to come up with a figure that reflects your needs.

For example, with all that extra time on your hands, finding entertaining ways to fill the hours could mean spending more than 80% of the income you were earning before retirement. And that can quickly break any budget.

This doesn’t have to happen to you—if you look at retirement more like a marathon and less like a sprint.

Keep your eyes on the prize

If you want to reach the “finish line” of a comfortable retirement, it may help to avoid these common temptations.

Spending too much in the early years. This temptation comes from thinking that “I should spend more while I’m younger. Later on, I might not be able to enjoy these things quite as much.”

While there may be logic to that thinking, there also could be a couple problems with it:

  • Your financial needs later in life might increase because of health needs and the costs of skilled nursing, assisted living or home care they may require. 
  • You may be very lucky and live longer than you expect.

While the current life expectancy in the U.S. is about 81 years for women and 76 for men,2 those numbers climb as people get older. For instance:

  • If you’re a 65-year-old male, you would be projected to live to be about 84.3
  • A 65-year-old woman would be projected to live to about 87.3

You could say that the longer you live, the longer you will live. And your retirement assets will need to last longer, too.

Taking early retirement. That’s not always by choice. Health concerns and job loss sometimes make it unavoidable. But some people do retire earlier than they should.

This may be because they simply don’t want to wait, particularly when they can start collecting Social Security at age 62. But that also means they’ll get 75% of the Social Security retirement benefit they would have received if they had waited until age 66. Retire at age 70, and you’ll get 132% of that benefit.3

In other words, while taking your Social Security benefits early means you get your money sooner, it also means less income per month for the rest of your life. And by retiring early, you’ll also be withdrawing sooner from your other retirement accounts.

Keeping the fun in your retirement

If retirement is starting to look a bit more boring than you expected, there are some ways around that. You can craft a plan that combines a budget and retirement asset preservation—while still including a healthy helping of fun. For instance:

Consider withdrawing from your taxable retirement accounts first. This lets you take advantage of what could be potentially lower capital gains tax rates while allowing your tax-deferred and tax-free accounts to keep growing.

The success of this strategy depends on your retirement age—and other financial considerations. Keep in mind that at age 72, you may be required to take a minimum distribution from certain tax-deferred accounts like a 401(k) or traditional IRA.

Tailor your withdrawals to you—not to what everyone else is doing. Some people say you should commit to withdrawing 4% of your total assets per year during retirement. While that may work just fine for some people, everyone’s situation is different. You need to develop a retirement spending plan that fits your financial situation.

When deciding on a plan for yourself, here are a couple factors to keep in mind:

  • Inflation. Even at a fairly modest level, over a period of years or decades, inflation could take a big bite out of your buying power.

For example, with an average annual inflation rate of 4%, here's what happens to $1,000:

After $1,000 would be worth
5 years $820
10 years $680
20 years $460

To put it another way, after 20 years, inflation would have cut your buying power to less than half of your original $1,000.

Health care costs. While Medicare and Medicaid—or similar health insurance plans—may cover much of your health care costs during retirement, they won’t cover everything. For instance, while Medicaid may cover some of the costs of an assisted living or long-term care facility, it may not cover them all.

Because of this, your plan might need to include setting aside extra savings in case you need to cover a portion of your assisted living or medical care costs in the future.

Be prepared to pivot. Even with a carefully designed savings and investment plan, you may find that you won’t be able to build up enough assets to live out your retirement dreams.

So…you may have to pare back your aspirations. Or you may decide to work longer to sock away more retirement dollars. You also might decide to work part time or start a small business after you’ve retired from your full-time job to add more dollars to your retirement nest egg.

Taking the long view

The bottom line is that retirement isn’t the time to give up the habits that enabled you to build your assets. Budgeting, planning and long-term thinking—and yes, a little delayed gratification—will give you the best chance of having the funds you need in time for your retirement date.

Maybe you won’t be able to afford all your retirement dreams. But by planning ahead and playing it smart, you may still be able to afford an enjoyable and generous life throughout your retirement.


1The Employee Benefit Research Institute’s 2021 Retirement Confidence Survey.

2Macrotrends.com, “U.S. Life Expectancy 1950-2022.”

3Social Security Administration, Benefits Planner/Life Expectancy.


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.


Thrivent employees have general knowledge of the Social Security tenets. For complete details on your situation, contact the Social Security Administration.

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