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Dejan Ilijevski

Retirement, Investing, Lifestage Based Planning
“Dejan Ilijevski is an evidence-based, fee-only fiduciary investment advisor with over 15 years in the trading/financial services industry.”

Sabela Capital Markets

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Dejan Ilijevski has over 15 years in the trading/financial services industry as a successful trader on Chicago’s Wall Street and an executive for a proprietary trading firm. For many years he advised his friends and family on key principles that can improve the odds of investment success. After earning an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, he left the trading industry to fulfill his longstanding goal of starting Sabela Capital Markets, an independent, fiduciary investment advisory firm that focuses on the best interests of clients. Dejan's approach to investing is evidence-based, relying on decades of data, award-winning research, and reality-proven principles. He also helps families save for and on the cost of college.

Dejan has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business (ranked 1st in the U.S. News and World Report “2019 Best Business Schools”), completing part of the curriculum requirements at the school’s campuses in Singapore and London. He also has degrees in computer science (MS) and chemistry (BS).

Prior to joining Chicago’s “Wall Street”, Dejan worked as a research chemist on diverse projects, including: a novel fuel cell technology; waste-water purification for the International Space Station; metal-coating technology for catalyst adsorption; plastics additives; and adsorbents used in oil processing. He also worked as a database administrator, designing and coding solutions to enterprise-wide system requirements, and quickly developed a successful career spanning research and technology.


MBA, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
MS, Computer Science, Illinois Institute of Technology
BA, Chemistry, Beloit College

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$5 million

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Sabela Consulting Group, Inc., d/b/a Sabela Capital Markets, is a registered investment adviser offering advisory services in the States of Indiana and Florida and in other jurisdictions where exempted. Registration does not imply a certain level of skill or training. The presence of this webpage profile shall not be directly or indirectly interpreted as a solicitation of investment advisory services to persons of another jurisdiction unless otherwise permitted by statute. Follow-up or individualized responses to consumers in a particular state by Sabela Capital Markets in the rendering of personalized investment advice for compensation shall not be made without our first complying with jurisdiction requirements or pursuant an applicable state exemption.

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    Financial Planning, Retirement, Asset Allocation, Bonds / Fixed Income, Choosing an Advisor
Why should I pay someone one percent of my gross portfolio to do something that I could easily do using a few simple tools?
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The simple answer is that you shouldn't. First, you can probably do better than the 1% asset management fee. Second, if you have the emotional strength to remain disciplined and rebalance when necessary, then you may not need an advisor. Educated, disciplined, and do-it-yourself investors can construct efficient portfolios using low-cost index funds. Vanguard is a great option. Consider starting with a simple three-fund portfolio of Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund, Vanguard Total International Stock Market Index Fund, and Vanguard Total Bond Market Index Fund. With this portfolio you'll end up doing better then most of your peers (and better than most active advisors) over the long term.

If you do work with an advisor, or even if you invest on your own, dont' fall for speculation nonsense, they are just cost-generating gimmicks. The idea that profesionals know what the market is going to do tomorrow based on this, that, or the other is for your benefit so that you feel like you are getting your money's worth. There have been more than 4 decades of data that show that speculation is a myth (market guru grades; investment bank grades). In fact over the long-term it ends up being detrimental to your returns, although quite profitable for your advisor. Don't pay for supposed skill.

Finally, if you do need comprehensive financial planning on top of investment management advice, you'll end up paying more. Most CFPs that I know and work with charge extra for financial planning. Many are moving to a flat-fee monthly container model inclusive of all services, including AUM. If you only need investment management, look for a fiduciary, fee-only advisor; they must work in your best interest, which also includes minimizing costs. Good luck.

December 2018
    Choosing an Advisor
Is my potential financial advisor charging reasonable fees?
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June 2018
    Financial Planning, Bonds / Fixed Income, Stocks
When buying during dips in the market, does it matter which type of funds to purchase?
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November 2018
    Debt, IRAs, Real Estate, Insurance, Life Insurance
Should I purchase term life insurance or whole life Insurance?
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June 2018
    Investing, Stocks
Can I buy and sell the same stock many times in one day?
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June 2018