Nomination of Zeelotes for the Feste AwardThe stated mission of TMF is “Learning Together.” Over the past year, one member who has embodied this idea is Zeelotes. Zeelotes would be the first to tell you that his research and posts have been undertaken for purely selfish reasons: to capture ideas from other members of the community in order to increase his own investing skill. However, he has spent long hours building databases and has demonstrated a clear willingness to test ideas contributed by the rest of the community. His preference is generally to present data and let everyone draw their own conclusions, and if errors are found, he always goes back and corrects them in order that the truth be revealed.Some examples of his contributions in 2005:In http://fireboards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=22233017, “When will the ST weakness end?”, Zeelotes analyzes past seasonal and presidential cycle trends, and correctly suggest that a trough in the Russell 2000 was unlikely to occur during the summer.In http://fireboards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=23046118, “Which measure will predict the best screen?”, Zeelotes examines numerous variables from backtests to determine which best predicts future performance. And trying to predict future performance is what investment success is all about!In http://fireboards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=22580475, “Capitalizing on Sector Rotation”, Zeelotes lays out and tests a mechanical investment strategy using Fidelity sector funds that shows strong promise as a strategy for beating the market.Zeelotes' strongest characteristic is probably his dedication to using objective data to make decisions rather than subjective impressions – why argue about something when the data exists to answer a question conclusively? As one who conducts a huge amount of research, shares his data, and always encourages others to do the same, Zeelotes is deserving of this year's Feste Award.
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