Sabela Capital Markets
Dejan Ilijevski is President of Sabela Capital Markets and an investment portfolio manager serving Northwest Indiana, Southwest Florida, and clients nationwide. Dejan specializes in investment management, portfolio construction, risk assessment, and investment consulting. He is a Dimensional Funds approved investment advisor and provides capital market expertise with fiduciary service.
Dejan Ilijevski started Sabela Capital Markets in order to provide his friends and family a refreshing alternative to the conventional approach to investing. Unfortunately, many investors continue to pay too much for submarket returns using outdated methods like stock-picking and market-timing. They would be far better off simply tracking market indices with low-cost index mutual funds from Vanguard. Conventional financial advisors and mutual fund managers who charge higher fees and commissions for their supposed skill in being able to consistently beat the markets are misleading their clients. So why do investors continue to play that game, and what is the alternative?
Dejan has degrees in finance (MBA), computer science (MS), and chemistry (BS). He has 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.
In 2002, he was recruited by the CEO of a start-up trading group. Despite having zero knowledge of or experience in capital markets, Dejan had a reputation for excelling academically and professionally, with confidence in his learning agility to not shy away from challenging opportunities. 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 daily global 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, Dejan developed and executed the trading firm’s innovation strategy, transitioning the business from a small, manual trading shop into a major technology-based proprietary trading firm. He implemented a new business model, introducing scalability and centralized risk management. And he led the development of an industry-leading spread trading software, which also increased traders’ profits by reducing execution risk.
As Director of Discretionary Trading Operations, Dejan focused on providing the highest quality of care to clients. Under his leadership, the firm developed new tools to help traders execute orders and automate their administrative tasks. He directed the quantitative analysis effort of spread trading performance data and supplemented those findings with qualitative analytics, in turn, enabling traders to make better decisions faster. Essentially, Dejan built and sustained positive relationships with clients and colleagues with diverse backgrounds within and outside the firm in order to get things done.
In 2012, Dejan earned an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, which is consistently ranked among the top programs in the world. He completed part of the curriculum at the university’s campuses in Singapore and London.
Shortly after graduating from Booth, Dejan established Sabela Group, d/b/a Sabela Capital Markets, and became an independent consultant. In 2016, he registered the firm as an RIA in order to help improve the economies of his friends and family. Through Sabela Capital Markets, Dejan is aligning his services with an evidence-based investment philosophy and spreading the word about financial science.
Dejan Ilijevski's fiduciary obligation is governed by:
Our approach to investing is rooted in data, financial science, Nobel-prize winning research, and professional evidence. Trying to anticipate the movement of the market adds anxiety and undue risk. Capital markets have instead rewarded long-term, disciplined investors. Rather than guess, gamble, or speculate about unpredictable short-term market fluctuations, we harness the power of markets with globally-diversified portfolios of low-cost, Dimensional asset mutual funds to help you build wealth in the long run.
- 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
As your fiduciary, we make investment portfolio decisions that are solely in your best interest.
Learn Why Fiduciary Matters When Choosing a Financial Advisor:
- Investment Management
- Portfolio Analysis
- Portfolio Construction
- Risk Assessment
- Investment Consulting
- Dimensional Fund Advisors mutual funds
- Retirees and Near Retirees
- Young Families
- Generation X
- Emerging Affluent
- Mass Affluent
- In-Office Meetings
- Virtual Meetings
- No-Cost Initial Consultation
- Hourly Fee
- % of Assets Under Management
- Consulting Flat Fees
Professional Designations & Affiliations
Dejan Ilijevski is a Member of the XY Planning Network
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