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In the true spirit of the Motley Fool mission, “Learning Together”, I nominate LorenCobb for this year's Feste award.

I know Loren best from his participation in discussions on the Mechanical Investing board. His posts are always well thought out, whether they are philosophical or mathematical. He often guides the conversation towards new ways of thinking about investing.

He did this in a post deconstructing Value Line's Timeliness ranking for stocks: http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=19765390

He has also produced some excellent posts on the psychology and philosophy of investing, as in this post on maintaining an unemotional approach: http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=18813415

And, in a post that gets to the heart of mechanical investing, this post on ideological interference of our understanding of market economics: http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=18825692

Loren has written numerous essays that have arisen out of ideas generated on TMF, including such topics as market volatility (http://www.aetheling.com/MI/Volatility/index.html), predicting future drawdowns in a portfolio (http://www.aetheling.com/MI/MaxDrop.html), and on why multiple regression fails so often as a method for predicting stock prices (http://www.aetheling.com/MI/Screening.html).

It would, however, be a mistake to think that Loren's contributions are restricted to the Mechanical Investing board. One thing that is generally consistent about his posts is that he does is best to bring facts to the table, as in this post on National Public Radio: http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=19690839, or this one on the sources of different cultures' worldview: http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=19641464.

This nomination recognizes Loren's efforts in investing research, in helping to educate others, and for unique perspective he seems to bring to every discussion. Whether one agrees or disagrees with his point of view, his comments are always thought-provoking.


Eric
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