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Are You Prepared for What’s Around the Bend?

Helping railroaders stay on track to maximize their hard earned railroad retirement.



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Who We Serve?

Highball Advisors Helps You Plan Your Railroad Retirement


As a railroader – you know your benefits are complex.

You can find lots of information about financial planning. But railroaders really do have unique financial planning considerations that generic financial planning firms doesn’t address.

And you can find lots of  information online about your railroad retirement benefits. But it usually is geared towards educating a group – which makes it difficult to sort out how to make the best choices for your situation.

It is rare to find a financial professional who really knows the ins and outs of railroad retirement. Rarer still to find one who actually does full financial planning and investment management.

But Highball Advisors is unique. We assist railroad professionals who lived frugal upper-middle income lives, allowing them to accumulate enough wealth to retire. We help you plan for and transition into retirement. We are a comprehensive fee-only financial planning and investment management office. We partner with railroaders from all over the country. We'll take the time to get to know your goals and help you navigate your financial options to build a retirement strategy that works for you. We respect the hard work and sacrifices that you have made throughout your career. Now let us help you maximize your hard earned Railroad Retirement. Take the next step to staying on track by taking advantage of the free 30- minute meeting.

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All Aboard...Get to Where You Want to Go with Your Retirement

Two Simple Solutions

Highball Advisors offers two tracks to help railroaders achieve their goals. The "Highball Limited"  offers railroaders a reliable service to effectively invest in their goals with a low minimum. The "Highball Special" solution is for railroaders seeking a dedicated comprehensive service to help them prepare for and continue throughout their retirement. Both solutions are provided by a committed Railroad Retirement specialist.




Highball LimitedHighball Special

Dedicated Investment Management for RailroadersComprehensive Financial Planning and Investment Management
Railroader Model Portfolio

Annual Railroad Retirement Review

Access to Railroad Retirement Specialist


Annual 401k Analysis

Quarterly Check-Ins


Quarterly Performance Reports


Railroad Retirement/Social Security Timing 

Railroad Retirement Planning 

Tax Planning 

Estate Planning

Insurance and Risk Management

Cash Flow Management

Required Meetings Per Year1 virtual meetingMinimum of 2 virtual meetings
Annual Fee1% up to $1m managed and 0.5% for over $1m
1% up to $1m managed and 0.5% for over $1m
Assets Under Management Minimum*$50,000 and up
$250,000 and up

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Highball Limited

Dedicated Investment Management  for Railroaders

Let Highball Advisors build you a railroad retirement portfolio that takes advantage of the opportunities afforded you by your Railroad Retirement Tier 2 benefits. The Tier 2 pension income is unique and affords railroaders the opportunity to invest unlike non-railroad investors. We will position your investments and analyze your 401k to maximize your retirement return potential.  Let us build you a railroaders investment portfolio.

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What's Onboard

Railroader Model Portfolio

a custom designed portfolio of low cost ETFs that reflects your risk tolerance and Railroad Retirement benefits

Access to Railroad Retirement Specialist

communicate with a knowledgeable Railroad Retirement specialist who understands your benefits.

Quarterly Check-Ins

a quarterly communication to gauge your comfort with your investments and the markets in general

Quarterly Performance Reporting

performance reports highlighting the progress of your custodianed investment accounts

Annual Railroad Retirement Review

Annual review and valuation analysis of your Tier 2 Railroad Retirement benefits 

Annual 401k Analysis

review railroader's qualified retirement plan and highlight opportunities to increase return

Annual Review

a required virtual meeting where performance, risk and goals are reviewed

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comfort in knowing that your investment and retirement plans are being managed by a someone who understands Railroad Retirement

Annual Fee

1% of Assets Under Management up to $1m

0.5% of Assets Under Management over $1m

Assets Under Management are funds held at TD Ameritrade and managed by Highball Advisors. Not 401ks or other non-TD Ameritrade accounts.

Minimum Investment is $50,000

Highball Special

Comprehensive Financial Planning and Investment Management

The Highball Special is for railroaders who are growing their net worth and have increasing complexity as they advance in their careers. In order to assist you, we will partner collaboratively to develop your comprehensive financial plan. We start by creating an initial plan that showcases where you are now financially, and also your goals and vision for your life. We then work together systematically to implement the action steps and get you closer to your goals. As changes happen in your life, we adapt our strategy so it still makes sense for you. We are committed to seeing you achieve everything you have worked so hard for.

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What's Onboard

Railroader's Investment Management

all the services of the Highball Limited offering

Railroad Retirement Planning

steps to consider so you can potentially accumulate the money you'll need to pursue the retirement activities you want.

Estate Planning

manage personal affairs while you're alive and control the distribution of wealth upon your death.

Cash Flow Management

help track and analyze their spending in order to better account for and control spending in support of achieving your financial objectives

Access to Railroad Retirement Specialist

ability to contact a dedicated Railroad Retirement specialist who knows your situation

Railroad Retirement/Social Security Timing

strategies to determine optimal time to claim benefits from Railroad Retirement or Social Security

Tax Planning

understanding tax strategies can potentially help you better manage your overall tax situation.

Insurance and Risk Management

a well-structured insurance strategy can help protect your loved ones from the financial consequences of unexpected events.

Scheduled Meetings

reach out to us at any time, but we'll plan on having regularly scheduled meetings or calls 

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College Planning, Stock Compensation, Healthcare Planning, Pension Analysis, and more...

Annual Fee

1% of Assets Under Management up to $1m

0.5% of Assets Under Management over $1m

Assets Under Management are funds held at TD Ameritrade and managed by Highball Advisors. Not 401ks or other non-TD Ameritrade accounts.

Minimum Investment is $250,000

About

"In the end, it's not the years in your life that counts. It's the life in your years." ...Abraham Lincoln


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John McNamara, CRPC®

Prior to starting Highball Advisors, I owned a commodity trading and brokerage company in New York, Chicago, and Dublin. Fear, greed, and pride were some of the daily working conditions in the financial markets. I enjoyed my twenty plus years in the trading “pits” and came away with some great life lessons. Regrettably, computers and automation would descend upon the financial industry and with that the trading “pits” would vanish. Progress eventually catches up with most industries. You either adapt or go away. I adapted by starting my own internet trading exchange in Dublin, Ireland called Intrade. Government regulation would eventually shutter the business after ten years.

Leveraging my years of experience in the financial markets and business, I wound up working for a large national broker-dealer in Greenville,SC. However, it didn’t take me long to realize that individuals need a partner to offer impartial financial advice and not a salesman. There is no doubt people need help. Study after study has demonstrated that. But people don’t want to be “sold” unnecessary investments. So I opened up my fee-only advisory firm, Highball Advisors, to provide unbiased guidance to railroad professionals. It was important to me that I only received compensation from my clients and not paid commissions by investment houses and insurance companies hence fee-only.

I currently reside in Greenville, SC with my wife Becky, our dog Phoebe, and two very cranky cats. Becky and I raised four daughters who have left the nest. Three of them live in New York City and the remaining is studying at Clemson University. My interests that I enjoy – golf, hiking, college football, and most of all traveling to see my girls in New York. Becky and I lead the Feed the Hungry Ministry at St. Mary’s Magdalene Church, which serves meals to the homeless in Greenville area. We both find it rewarding and helps us put things in perspective.

To sum it all up, I have been extremely blessed throughout my life. From family to career, I don’t have anything to complain about. Not that anyone is listening. The most satisfaction I receive however is from service to others. While Highball Advisors is a business, it is partnering together and achieving goals that is so rewarding to the bottom line.

I am a registered investment advisor (RIA) and hold a Series 7 and 66 license. I am also a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC®).


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Answers to Your Most Pressing Questions

Why should I work with you?
How do Highball Advisor employees get paid?
I don’t live in Greenville, S.C. Can I still work with you?
Do I need a certain amount of money to work with you?
Can’t I just do all this financial planning myself?
Can I cancel my ongoing planning relationship?
What does financial planning include?
I’m not in the Railroad industry. Can I still work with you?
Do I have to pay for my first meeting with you?

Send Us a Message and See If You Are On Track!

Not everyone is right for our firm. We are very selective of the people we choose to bring on as clients, because we have a long-term planning relationship with them.

If you just want to open an IRA and manage it yourself, Highball Advisors is not for you. There are plenty of bank representatives who can help open an account.

If you only want to buy an insurance policy, Highball Advisors is not for you. There are plenty of insurance salesmen who would be happy to sell you a policy.

But if you’re looking for a trusted advisor who understands both your Railroad Retirement benefits, and the finer points of advanced financial planning, then you should talk with Highball Advisors.


Get Your Risk Number

Why Do I Need To Know My Risk Number?

By knowing your risk number you will be able to answer these fundamental questions regarding your investment practices:

  • How much Risk are you comfortable with?
  • How much Risk do you need to achieve your goals?
  • How are you currently invested?

Start Your Risk Number Questionnaire

Capture Your Risk Number

The first step is to answer a
5-minute questionnaire that
covers topics such as portfolio size, top financial goals, and what you’re willing to risk for potential gains. Then we’ll pinpoint your exact Risk Number to guide our decision making process.

Align Your Portfolio

After pinpointing your Risk
Number, we’ll craft a portfolio
that aligns with your personal
preferences and priorities,
allowing you to feel comfortable with your expected outcomes.
The resulting proposed portfolio will include projections for the
potential gains and losses we
should expect over time.

Define Your Retirement Goals

We will also review your progress toward your financial goals by
building a Retirement Map.
When we are finished, you’ll
better understand what we can do to increase the probability of success.


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