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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Cost basis FAQs

If you are looking for general cost basis information, visit the cost basis information page.

What is cost basis?

Simply put, cost basis is the original price of an investment and is used to calculate capital gains or losses for tax purposes. It includes shares purchased by check, Automated Clearing House (ACH) or wire, exchanges into an account, and reinvested dividends and capital gains. Please note that cost basis is not a substitute for performance information for an investment.

Why is cost basis reporting required?

The requirement is part of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act that was intended to improve compliance with tax laws and raise revenues to fund the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Specifically, the legislation requires an expansion of the current reporting on IRS Form 1099-B. The requirement impacts equity securities, mutual funds and debt securities purchased on or after specified dates. For mutual funds, cost basis information is required for shares purchased on or after January 1, 2012. It does not affect annuities, life insurance, money market fund accounts with a stable net asset value (NAV), retirement accounts or Coverdell Education Savings Accounts.

What is the difference between long-term and short-term holding periods?

The holding period is used to determine the tax rate that applies to any capital gains from the sale of shares. Holding periods affect the rate at which you will be taxed and is based on the length of time you owned the shares you sold.

  • Long-term (shares owned more than one year): Gains are taxed at the applicable capital gains rate depending on your tax bracket.
  • Short-term (shares owned one year or less): Gains are taxed at your ordinary income tax rate.

My mutual fund account was established prior to the effective date (January 1, 2012). Will I receive cost basis information on shares in this account?

Depending if shares are classified as "covered" or "noncovered."

  • "Covered shares" are shares purchased on or after the effective date for which cost basis information is provided to you by the broker/mutual fund company.
  • "Noncovered shares" include shares purchased before the effective date and shares purchased on or after the effective date for which cost basis information is unavailable. The information may not be available because the broker/mutual fund company does not have sufficient information to track the cost basis. Cost basis information on noncovered shares is not required to be provided but may still be provided to you (but not the IRS) for your information. You can choose to use cost basis information provided on noncovered shares or calculate your cost basis on your own.

Why isn't average cost basis information available on my noncovered shares?

There are three reasons why average cost basis information may not be available on your account:

  • You had shares transferred into your account due to an ownership change, such as a gift or inheritance.
  • Your account was established prior to the date a fund began calculating cost basis information.
  • You have an IRA, Coverdell, 403(b), qualified plan or a Thrivent Money Market Fund account, which is excluded from tracking cost basis because these redemptions are not reported on Form 1099-B.

If your account does not have cost basis information available, and you are using the Average Cost Accounting method to report your gains and losses, you may provide us with cost basis information to add to your account. We suggest you consult with your tax advisor to determine your cost basis as of Jan. 28, 2010. We can provide a copy of the history for an account if requested by the account owner or financial professional. Once your cost basis has been determined, contact Customer Support at 800-847-4836 for instructions on how to add average cost for the noncovered shares to your account. When calling, say "mutual funds" for faster service.

Am I required to use the cost basis information provided by Thrivent Mutual Funds on my tax returns?

If the cost basis information is for covered shares you are required to use when determining your capital gains or losses. Covered shares for mutual funds are those shares purchased or acquired on or after January 1, 2012. You (and the IRS) will receive cost basis information for all of your covered shares on IRS Form 1099-B. You should always use IRS Form 1099-B to complete your tax return for covered shares. Note that information from other sources can affect cost basis, due to adjustments that may occur from other activity in your account.
When available, you may receive cost basis information, either on IRS Form 1099-B or a separate cost basis statement, for non-covered shares purchased prior to the effective date. Cost basis information on non-covered shares will not be provided to the IRS. you can choose to use cost basis information provided on non-covered shares or calculate your cost basis on your own.

How is cost basis used to calculate the gains and losses shown on my Form 1099-B?

The gain or loss shown on your Form 1099-B is the difference between the amount for which the shares were sold and the cost basis of your shares using the elected accounting method.

How does average cost work?

The average cost of shares purchased up to the date of the sale is used to determine the capital gain or loss. The total cost basis of all shares owned is divided by the total number of shares in the account to determine the average cost per share. For example:

$1000 (total cost basis of all shares owned) / 100 (total number of shares owned) = $10 (average cost per share)

What types of investments are affected by the cost basis reporting requirement?

Cost basis regulations impact equity securities, mutual funds and debt securities purchased on or after the effective dates listed above. It does not affect annuities, life insurance, money market fund accounts with a stable net asset value (NAV), retirement accounts or Coverdell Education Savings Accounts.

What cost basis information is available for noncovered shares in my Thrivent Mutual Funds account?

Thrivent Mutual Funds can only provide average cost information on noncovered shares. If you are using the average cost method for covered shares, average cost information will be provided to you for your noncovered shares when available. If you choose a method other than average cost for your covered shares, you can still choose to receive average cost information on your noncovered shares. In this case, all noncovered shares will be redeemed first using average cost. Once all noncovered shares are depleted, covered shares will be depleted using the elected cost basis method.

Can I change my cost basis election?

Yes, you may change the cost basis method used on your investment at any time. Once you change your method, it will be used on any sales of shares that occur after the change. You cannot change the method used on a sale that has already occurred. If you are changing from the average cost method and a redemption or sale of covered shares has already been processed on the account, the existing covered shares in your account are assigned the average cost basis. Future shares purchased after the change will retain their original purchase price as the cost basis. If you change from average cost and have not yet redeemed or sold shares from your account, all covered shares will retain their original purchase price for cost basis purposes.

How can I change my cost basis election?

You can change your election online at thriventfunds.com, in writing or in some cases, by calling the Customer Support for assistance.

What cost basis methods are available for Thrivent Mutual Funds?

You may use these methods for Thrivent Mutual Funds:

  • Average cost—Uses the average cost of the shares as the basis for redemptions to calculate capital gains and losses. To determine the holding period for the shares, Average Cost uses the First-In, First- Out method. The Average cost method is only allowed for mutual funds.
  • First-in, first-out (FIFO)—Shares acquired first in the account are the first shares depleted to determine cost basis.
  • Last-in, first-out (LIFO)—Shares acquired last in the account are the first shares depleted to determine cost basis.
  • High cost—Shares acquired with the highest cost per share in the account are the first shares depleted to determine cost basis.
  • Low cost—Shares acquired with the lowest cost per share in the account are the first shares depleted to determine cost basis.
  • Loss/gain utilization—Depletes lots with losses before lots with gains, consistent with the objective of minimizing taxes. For lots with a loss, short-term loss lots will be redeemed ahead of long-term loss lots. For gains, long-term gain lots will be redeemed before lots with short-term gains since long-term capital gains rates are lower than short-term.
  • Specific lot identification—You select specific shares to be sold in an account at the time shares are sold to determine cost basis.

You do not need to use the same method on all mutual funds. However, you must use the same method for all accounts in the same mutual fund. Once you have elected a method for determining your gains and losses, please contact your tax advisor if you wish to change that method.

Can I use a different cost basis method for a specific transaction?

For Thrivent Mutual Funds, if you are using a method other than average cost, you can override the cost basis method at the time of the transaction and use a different method.

Will cost basis information always be available?

Cost basis information will be provided most of the time. Certain situations exist where it may not be available. If you have cost basis information available, you can provide it to us so we can add and track it going forward.

What if I own shares of the same issuer in multiple accounts?

Thrivent Mutual Funds will provide you with separate cost basis information for the covered shares in each separate account. It is the shareholder's responsibility to make appropriate cost basis adjustments due to activity for the same security held in multiple accounts. For more information, please see IRS publications 564 – Mutual Fund Distributions and 551 – Cost Basis of Assets or consult your tax advisor.

Hasn't Thrivent been providing cost basis information?

Yes. Thrivent Mutual Funds has provided limited cost basis information as a service to shareholders for many years.

Previously, this information was not provided to the IRS, and shareholders were not required to use the information to determine their gains or losses on the sale of shares. Thrivent Mutual Funds is now providing cost basis information based on the method you choose and is reporting it to you and the IRS on Form 1099-B. It must be used when completing your tax return.

I am receiving inherited shares or gifted shares into my account. Will these shares have cost basis information?

If the shares were originally purchased by the owner before the effective date for cost basis reporting, these shares are noncovered shares. If cost basis information is available, it will be provided to you only (and not the IRS); you can choose if you want to use this information on your tax return. If the shares were purchased on or after the effective date, cost basis information will be available for these shares. Please note that you are not allowed to use the average cost method on gifted shares unless you agree to use the fair market value of the shares at the time of the gift as the cost basis for those shares.

If I transfer my account to or from NFS, will cost basis information be available?

If the shares were originally purchased by the owner before the effective date for cost basis reporting, these shares are noncovered shares. If cost basis information is available, it will be provided to you only (and not the IRS); you can choose if you want to use this information on your tax return. If the shares were purchased on or after the effective date, cost basis information will be available for these shares. Please note that you are not allowed to use the average cost method on gifted shares unless you agree to use the fair market value of the shares at the time of the gift as the cost basis for those shares.


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.