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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.

 

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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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October 2018 Market Recap

October has often been considered one of the most volatile months for stocks – and this year was no exception.

Although recent economic measures have continued to reflect solid growth, the stock market experienced one of its worst months in years, with the S&P 500 dropping 6.94% in October. (The S&P 500 Index is a market-cap-weighted index that represents the average performance of a group of 500 large-capitalization stocks.)

The NASDAQ followed suit, dropping 9.20% for the month. (The NASDAQ – National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations – is an electronic stock exchange with more than 3,300 company listings.)

International markets also tumbled in October, exacerbating an already-disappointing year. The MSCI EAFE Index, which tracks the performance of developed-economy stocks in Europe, Asia and Australia, dropped 8.03% in October, and is now down 11.49% for the year.

But while stocks have been slumping, the economy continues to yield some impressive results:

  • GDP growth at 3.5%. Gross domestic product (GDP) grew at a robust annualized rate of 3.5 percent in the 3rd quarter, according to the advance estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis on October 26. That followed a 4.2% increase in the 2nd quarter.
  • Retail sales inch up. Retail sales edged up 0.1% in September, marking the fourth straight month of rising sales, according to the advance monthly retail sales report issued October 15 by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Sales are up 4.7% from a year earlier.
  • Job growth continues. U.S. employers added 134,000 new jobs in September, and the unemployment rate declined to 3.7%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Situation Report issued October 5. The economy has added jobs for 96 consecutive months. Over the past 12 months, average hourly earnings have increased by 73 cents, or 2.8%.
  • Income rising. Disposable personal income increased at an annualized rate of 4.1% in the 3rd quarter, compared with a 4.5% increase in the second quarter, and real disposable personal income increased 2.5%, according to the October 26 Bureau of Economic Analysis report.
  • Manufacturing still strong. Economic activity in the manufacturing sector continued to expand in October, as the overall economy grew for the 114th consecutive month, according to the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Report on Business issued November 1.

But in spite of the strong economic results, concerns over the Federal Reserve’s tightening monetary policy, rising interest rates, and international economic weaknesses contributed to the October stock market skid. (See What’s Behind Stock Market Volatility?)

On the flip side, declining prices have made stocks relatively cheaper. The 12-month advanced price-earnings ratio for the S&P 500 has dropped to about 15.5 – down from a 2018 high of 18.5 on January 26, according to FactSet.

In a Nutshell

What’s ahead for the economy and the markets?  See: November Market Outlook: What’s Behind Stock Market Volatility? by Mark Simenstad, Chief Investment Strategist

 

 

Drilling Down

U.S. Stocks Plunge

The S&P 500 dropped 6.94% in October to finish the month at 2,711.74 after closing September at 2,913.98. For the year, the S&P 500 is up only 1.43% after ending 2017 at 2673.61.

The total return of the index (including dividends) was -6.84% in October. For the year, the total return of the S&P 500 was 3.01%.

The NASDAQ Index fell 9.20% for the month of October. Through the first 10 months of the year, the NASDAQ is up 5.83%. (The NASDAQ – National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations – is an electronic stock exchange with more than 3,300 company listings.)

S&P 500 Index

Most Sectors Take a Dive

Nine of the 11 sectors of the S&P 500 closed lower for October, with only the Consumer Staples and Utilities sectors making it into positive territory.

The biggest losers for the month included Consumer Discretionary, down 11.27%, Energy, down 11.26%, and Industrials, down 10.81%.

The results this month reflect a sector realignment in which the former Telecommunications section has been replaced by a broader “Communication Services” sector. The newly renamed sector includes all of the previous Telecommunications sector companies, such as AT&T and Verizon, and adds a number of leading technology and communications companies, including Facebook, Alphabet (parent of Google), Twitter, Netflix, Walt Disney and Comcast, among others.

The chart below shows the results of the 11 sectors for the past month:

S&P 500 Sectors

Treasury Yields Keep Climbing

The yield on 10-year U.S. Treasuries moved up in October from 3.05% at the end of September to 3.15% at the October close. The yield is up 0.74% this year, after ending 2017 at 2.41%.

U.S. Treasury 10-Year Bond Yields

Oil Market Cools

Oil prices took a nose dive in October, as the price of West Texas Intermediate dipped from $73.25 per barrel at the end of September to $65.31 at the end of October – a 10.84% decline. (West Texas Intermediate is a grade of crude oil used as a benchmark in oil pricing.)

Oil Price - West Texas Intermediate

International Equities Sink Further

The MSCI EAFE Index plunged 8.03% in October and is now down 11.49% for for the year.

MSCI EAFE Index

What’s ahead for the economy and the markets? See: November Market Outlook: What’s Behind Stock Market Volatility?  by Mark Simenstad, Chief Investment Strategist.

To see our Market Recaps every month and learn more about our perspective on the markets, subscribe to our Investing Insights newsletter.

Media contact: Samantha Mehrotra, 612-844-4197; samantha.mehrotra@thrivent.com

All information and representations herein are as of 11/02/2018, unless otherwise noted.

The views expressed are as of the date given, may change as market or other conditions change, and may differ from views expressed by other Thrivent Asset Management associates. Actual investment decisions made by Thrivent Asset Management will not necessarily reflect the views expressed. This information should not be considered investment advice or a recommendation of any particular security, strategy or product.  Investment decisions should always be made based on an investor's specific financial needs, objectives, goals, time horizon, and risk tolerance.

Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results.

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