Dejan Ilijevski| MS, MBA
Sabela Capital Markets
- Investment Management
- Portfolio Review
- Hourly Fee Consultations
- Retirement Planning
- College Planning
- Risk Assessment
- Portfolio Construction
- Dimensional Fund Advisors mutual funds
- Investment consulting
Bonita Springs, FL
Crown Point, IN
St. John, IN
Fee-Only & Fiduciary
The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) is the country's leading association of fee-only and fiduciary financial planners.
Dejan Ilijevski has over 15 years in the trading/financial services industry. He established Sabela Capital Markets in order to provide clients a refreshing alternative to the conventional approach to investing.
Dejan graduated from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with an MBA in Finance, completing part of the curriculum at the university’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, and metal-coating technology for catalyst adsorption. He helped commercialize 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. Throughout his career, Dejan built a reputation for excelling academically and professionally, with confidence in his learning agility to not shy away from challenging opportunities.
Expertise in Capital Markets
In 2002, Dejan was recruited to join a start-up proprietary trading group in Chicago. As a rookie trader by the end of his first year—and consistently for many years thereafter—Dejan contributed the highest p&ls to the group and routinely traded over 1% of the total global daily 10-year US Treasury note volume. He rapidly rose from being a novice to mentoring other traders, and was quickly promoted to an executive.
As Vice President and as Director of Discretionary Trading Operations, Dejan was commissioned to various strategic roles in business development and trading operations. Among his many accomplishments, Dejan developed and executed the firm’s innovation strategy, transitioning the business from a small, manual trading shop into a major technology-based proprietary trading firm. He then implemented a business model that introduced scalability and centralized risk management, and led the design and development of an innovative, industry-leading trading software, ensuring the firm’s ongoing competitiveness. He also performed quantitative analysis on spread trading performance data and supplemented his findings with qualitative analytics, in turn, enabling traders to make better decisions faster. Essentially, Dejan built and sustained positive relationships with clients and colleagues within and outside the firm in order to get things done.
After earning his MBA, he left the trading industry to fulfill his longstanding goal of starting an independent, fiduciary, investment services firm based on integrity, transparency, and financial science.
Despite decades of academic research and empirical evidence to the contrary, investors are still led by Wall Street to believe that successful investing is about “beating the markets.” Why? Because conventional investment strategies—like stock picking and market timing—generate high fees and commissions for financial services firms and professionals, trickling up wealth from your accounts to theirs. These methods have low odds of success and end up harming clients.
Regardless of your age or assets, you deserve trusted investment advice. We are here to help shed light on key principles, using financial science and reasoning, that may help you improve your odds of investment success in the long run. Learn how to harness the enduring power of capital markets with globally-diversified portfolios of low-cost, Dimensional asset mutual funds to help you build wealth.
- Investing rather than speculating
- Portfolio structure explains performance
- Smart diversification
- Minimizing costs
- Absolute honesty and transparency
- Advising, not facilitating
- Conviction in our philosophy
- Confidence in our advice
- Commitment to our approach
- Empowering you with information
- Managing your emotions and biases
- Focusing on you
- Setting expectations
- Keeping you engaged
- Filtering out the noise
- Not being everything to everyone
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