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Yodaorange is a supreme example of The Motley Fool's motto, "To Educate, Amuse and Enrich." His knowledge of investing is deep and broad, and he shares generously with other Fools on the free discussion boards. Yodaorange's contributions in 2012 were so outstanding that he truly deserves the Feste Award.

Yodaorange's posts are always thoughtful, original and detailed. His insights are unique and important. I learn from every one of his posts. Yodaorange wrote about 100 METAR (Macroeconomic Trends & Risks Board) posts and approaching 100 REIT board posts. Every one of these posts was a valuable, actionable analysis which contained deep research and references. I often wished that there was a "super-rec" because one of Yodaorange's posts is worth 10 of most ordinary red'd posts.

In 2012, Yodaorange's work was selected for the Post of the Day (POTD) frequently.

The Motley Fool chose 38 of Yodaorange's posts as Post of the Day -- probably more than any other individual. This was out of a total of 248 POTD’s for the entire year. Stated differently ~15% of the POTD’s were from Yoda.

The Motley Fool was originally developed as a place where individual investors ("Fools") could learn how to invest from each other by the free exchange of knowledge, information and comradeship.

Yodaorange truly embodies the original mission of TMF. Always gentle, always wise, always willing to help and advise.

Yodaorange is truly deserving of the 2012 Feste Award. No other Fool matches his huge contribution of deep original thinking and generous sharing. Please give your support to Yodaorange by rec-ing this post and by voting for Yodaorange when Feste Award voting begins.

Please find links to Yodaorange's posts below. If any of them don't load from this page, find the original links at the METAR post below.

I [Yodaorange] have chosen my three “top” picks of 2012. My apologies to the other 35 children that got left out in the cold! (Maybe the goal should have been to have three POTD for the whole year. It would make this easier!). I am including a short description of why I think the post is significant. The three are in chronological order, not in rank order, mostly because I do NOT have a rank order.

1) “Do You need Eurozone Insurance” on 6/29 was a three part series done with REITnut. And yes, REITnut should have won a FESTE years ago IMO. There are two important concepts to take away from the series. The first is that the Eurozone MIGHT go south and affect US investments. That was true when the posts were made and I still think it is true. The Eurozone issues have NOT been solved. There are just not on the front pages any longer, but IMO they will re-appear.

The second important concept is to consider a range of outcomes for the economy/investments. Do NOT use a single “point” forecast to guide your portfolio allocations. An example of this would be: I expect hyperinflation of >100% within X months, therefore I will invest solely based on this expected outcome. The approach we outlined in the posts assigned different probabilities to each outcome, then recommended investment allocations based on this.

The Fools selected the third in the series as POTD.

2) “The Real Libor Scandal” on 7/11 had two main points. And neither had anything to do with the actual libor scandal. I did NOT do as good a job conveying the points as I should have. I worked several months on a follow up post that I never published. The first point is that “Wall Street” has and will continue to push the limits in every way possible. If nobody ends up in jail, it is proof positive that they are using acceptable business practices. It has been this way for at least the last 100 years and probably much longer. Every once in a while, they get a little slap on the wrist and pay a fine. It is just a cost of doing business borne out by the shareholders.

The second major point was that the only hope of reining in “Wall Street” is for the regulators (SEC/Federal Reserve/Justice etc) to constantly RE-DRAW the bright line boundaries. The regulators 100% failed at this leading up the 2008 credit crisis. AND NOTHING HAS CHANGED. Dodd-Frank is NOT the answer.

3) “Financial Repression: Why You Should Care” on 12/17 details the academic research on the low interest rates we have experienced since the 2008 crisis. The post suggests that we should expect low short term rates to continue through 2020 to 2030 as the nominal case outcome! Obviously if this scenario plays out, it has huge implications for investments.

Yoda's 2012 Posts of the Day as Chosen by the Fool Higher Ups

2/6/2012 The Future of Money Market Funds

2/14/2012 The Giant Sucking Sound

3/5/2012 Beware of 2011 Income Taxes

3/21/2012 Get Sued for Owning a Stock?

3/23/2012 Who Makes Money on Wall Street?

4/2/2012 Preserving Your Assets

4/10/2012 Pension Funds: Rock, or Hard Place?

4/23/2012 How Safe are Annuities?

4/27/2012 Investing for Higher Inflation

5/4/2012 High Frequency Trading: Winners and Losers

5/31/2012 Swinging for the Fences

6/25/2012 Last Days at MF Global

6/28/2012 What the Stockton Bankruptcy Means

6/29/2012 Do You Need Eurozone Insurance part 3 with REITnut

7/11/2012 The Real Libor Scandal

7/23/2012 How Will Americans Retire?

7/25/2012 Searching for REIT Preferreds with REITnut

8/3/2012 Knight Capital: Why You Should Care

8/7/2012 No Kill Switch for Knight Capital

8/9/2012 Social Security Withdrawal Options

8/16/2012 A Junk Bond Bubble?

8/31/2012 Dark Pool: How the Markets Work

9/5/2012 Why Did Pension Funds buy Facebook?

9/13/2012 Investing for the Fiscal Cliff

9/17/2012 The Drivers of GDP Growth

9/19/2012 When did the iPhone Become the "Must Pay"?

9/24/2012 Tom Gardner Interviews Michael Mauboussin

9/27/2012 Glidepath Investing for Retirement

10/12/2012 Married to High Frequency Trading

10/22/2012 CA Cities in Bankruptcy

10/25/2012 Separating Top from Bottom Line

11/14/2012 The Fiscal Cliff: Solving The Wrong Problem

11/16/2012 Is 1% the New Normal Growth Rate?

11/21/2012 Own a Stock and Get Sued: Update

11/27/2012 Time to Dump Mortgage Interest Deduction?

11/30/2012 Asset Classes to Avoid

12/7/2012 Are Mortgage Rates too High?

12/17/2012 Financial Repression: Why You Should Care
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