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The Rising Star Portfolios FAQ

What are the Rising Star Portfolios?
The Motley Fool is providing some of its most promising stock analysts with cold, hard cash to manage on the Fool's behalf. We'd like you to follow along and benefit from these real-money, real-time free stock picks.

Why is The Motley Fool doing this?
For the past 17 years, the Fool has been identifying and developing great investors like Bill Mann, Jeff Fischer, and Andy Cross, just to name a few. Currently, we have a particularly impressive crop of up-and-coming investors, and we thought it would be fun to provide them with a forum to share their very best investing ideas with our readers on

These "rising stars" already provide market-thumping investing ideas and analytical support to our premium services and Now, they'll also be managing their own portfolios for the whole world to see. We believe that our investing talent matches up very favorably with what Wall Street has to offer. But rather than boast about it, we intend to show you. Ultimately, our primary aim is to make this new feature an enjoyable and rewarding experience for our readers.

Are Rising Star picks official recommendations from our premium services?
No. The Rising Star Portfolios are a free feature on our online site,

How are Rising Star picks different from recommendations from our premium services?
Each of our premium services has a dedicated investment team that provides thorough and extensive research and coverage on new and existing stock ideas. And every one of our services is led by a seasoned investor with many years of market-beating performance under his belt.

Our Rising Star Portfolios, on the other hand, are run by our most promising analysts, who also work on our premium services and So our rising stars are managing their real-money portfolios, in addition to their day jobs as newsletter analysts and online writers and editors. Like Michael Jordan, who famously had a love-of-the-game clause in his contract that allowed him to play basketball wherever and whenever he wanted, our analysts have always wanted to be able to offer up their own stock ideas directly to our readers. We're confident that this passion for investing will lead to great results for everyone who follows along.

What if a Rising Star pick contradicts the thesis from a premium service recommendation?
The Motley Fool has always been dedicated to promoting open, honest, and civil debate, and this feature is no different. Indeed, we suspect there will be quite a lot of differing opinions that emerge from our rising stars. We will celebrate that. And profit from it!

Will the portfolios trade on a regular schedule?
Each analyst is required to make at least one investing recommendation per month. Outside of that broad guideline, there will be no regular schedule for the Rising Star Portfolios as a whole. The fun will be watching how each analyst constructs and manages his or her portfolio. We wanted our rising stars to have maximum flexibility, so that they can -- in Seth Godin's words -- "create, connect, and surprise."

Will you track the returns of these stocks?
Yes. Returns will be tracked on the Rising Star Portfolios main page, and each analyst's individual page will also track the performance of their picks.

Does the analyst recommending a stock have a position in it?
We will fully disclose the position of each contributor in a disclosure section at the bottom of each article. We will also track whether The Motley Fool has a position in the stock.

Where do I get started?
Check out our Rising Star Portfolios main page. Each analyst has a short bio and brief description of their investment strategy. Find a couple of analysts who interest you and start following along. Who knows? You may stumble across the next Peter Lynch!

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  • Report this Comment On November 02, 2010, at 10:40 AM, joedon7 wrote:

    Looks like a great idea. I would like to get in on the action! I think Motley Fool should offer a separate account for fools like me who want to diversify their portfolio within the Fools' domain. Maybe have a spread of 10-20 % of funds per analyst and a minimum of $2-$5 k. Sounds like a winner to me.

  • Report this Comment On November 04, 2010, at 10:47 AM, laKitKat wrote:

    Maybe the Fool should open up the port to rising stars in the community. Look for the next great minds right on your boards, offer them a $5K port and if they do well offer them a job. You might be surprised at the talent that is not sequestered in VA as typified by the offsite Advisors of your most expensive products

  • Report this Comment On November 06, 2010, at 10:11 AM, TMFTomGardner wrote:

    ProfStiglitz, we are definitely working toward your idea. The best way to think of this is that we hired most of our existing analysts and advisors out of our online community. So why shouldn't we look to give our online community opportunities to manage some of our capital in full view. This is definitely part of our long-term vision. Foolish best, Tom

  • Report this Comment On February 04, 2011, at 3:28 PM, Kassaouitahar wrote:

    Thank you for motley.terrafic service to me .thanks

  • Report this Comment On August 16, 2011, at 10:05 PM, Buffettinvestor wrote:

    Out of the 16 analysts and their own portfolios, why are you only showing the top 5, which just HAPPENED to beat the S&P 500 (#5 just barely)? This means that 11 out of the 16 analysts and portfolios are NOT beating the S&P!!

    Not beating the S&P in the short term is nothing to be ashamed of! No one can do that. So why not show the performance of all the real money portfolios, instead of (quite obviously) hiding the ones that didn't beat the index?

  • Report this Comment On March 23, 2012, at 11:40 PM, garonme wrote:

    I am new to this, but it appears to me if these are the top 5 and 2 of them came in under the S&P, they aren't doing very well. Is there something here that I'm missing????

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