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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 financial services industry. He was a successful trader in Chicago, routinely trading over $1Billion/day, and an executive for a proprietary trading firm. After earning an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, he left the trading industry to fulfill his longstanding goal of establishing Sabela Capital Markets, an independent, fee-only fiduciary investment advisory firm that works only in the clients' best interest. Dejan's approach to investing is evidence-based, which is grounded in peer-reviewed research, Nobel Prize-winning ideas, and reality-tested principles. Relying on financial science and reasoning can help improve the odds of investment success in the long term.

In addition to an MBA, Dejan also has a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry. 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

Assets Under Management:

$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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Is my potential financial advisor charging reasonable fees?
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No, your advisor is not charging reasonable fees. High fees can squander your returns. Managing your costs is one of the key principles for long-term investing, and in many cases can even be the most important one. 

The buy-in sounds like a sales charge, not necessary. Justifying it as paying a premium for supposedly a fund that has done well over time is misleading. What does "done well" actually even mean? And you don't need to pay a sales charge to have access to high-quality funds, like those from Vanguard. Their index funds consistently beat the more expensive active funds over the longer term. Consider also Dimensional funds, which you can only find through an approved Dimensional advisor. They are considered among the best in the industry.

On the surface, that .63% management fee may be reasonable (depending on your aum); however you haven't mentioned your portfolio turnover rate. Am wondering if your advisor has also been advising frequent changes to your holdings in order to time the market or to pick the next winning stock or fund, based on his/her supposed extraordinary skill. In aggregate, all these transactions generate more fees and commissions, trickling up wealth from your account to theirs. Although it's difficult to know exactly what approach this advisor uses for investing, I agree with the few others in this thread who recommend that you seek a second and third opinion. Look for a fee-only, fiduciary investment advisor. He/she will work in your best interest, no commissions, no sales-agenda. Good luck. 

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
    Investing, Stocks
Can I buy and sell the same stock many times in one day?
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    Marriage / Divorce, Retirement, Investing, Asset Allocation
How do I evaluate my portfolio's performance compared to averages?
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June 2018
    Debt, IRAs, Real Estate, Insurance, Life Insurance
Should I purchase term life insurance or whole life Insurance?
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June 2018