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Introducing Rising Stars!

Fools, I'm excited to present our latest free feature on -- Rising Stars.

Over the past 17 years, we've built up the Motley Fool's analyst training program to the point where I'd put it up against the training programs of any hedge fund, mutual fund, or investment bank out there.

It's this program that has allowed nearly every one of our membership services to beat the market.

This has previously taken place behind the scenes, but today, we're drawing back the curtain with our Rising Stars feature. We're giving some of our most promising analysts real money to invest however they want for the world to see. We'll start each of their portfolios off with $5,000 and add $1,000 each month.  

Watch the video below for my announcement and then read below for our analysts' profiles and first picks:

Head over to our Rising Stars homepage, or click on a link below if a profile or article catches your attention.


First article (if any)

First Buy (if any)

Alex Pape

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Alyce Lomax

Click here

Timberland (NYSE: TBL  )

Anand Chokkavelu, CFA

Click here

Bank of America (NYSE: BAC  ) and JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM  )

Andrew Sullivan, CFA

Click here


Andy Louis-Charles

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Retail Opportunity Investments Corp

Bryan Hinmon, CFA

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Bryan White

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Dan Dzombak

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Eric Bleeker

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Cirrus Logic (Nasdaq: CRUS  )

Jason Moser

Click here

Activision (Nasdaq: ATVI  )

Jim Mueller, Ph.D.

Click here

Transocean (NYSE: RIG  )

Jim Royal, Ph.D.

Click here


Jordan DiPietro

Click here


Michael Olsen

Click here

RailAmerica (NYSE: RA  )

Rex Moore

Click here


Sean Sun and Ilan Moscovitz

Click here

China Yida

Our analysts are as excited about these portfolios as I am. We hope you enjoy Rising Stars, and that it becomes another tool for you on your road to financial freedom.

Fool on,
Tom Gardner, CEO of the Motley Fool  

Tom Gardner owns shares of no companies listed above. Activision Blizzard and Timberland are Motley Fool Stock Advisor recommendations. Motley Fool Options has recommended a synthetic long position on Activision Blizzard. The Fool owns shares of Activision Blizzard and Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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  • Report this Comment On November 01, 2010, at 4:21 PM, PhulishMortal wrote:

    No Morgan Housel?

  • Report this Comment On November 01, 2010, at 4:23 PM, Foolneuhaus wrote:

    Great idea! As everyone knows, investing real money is a lot more difficult than just throwing out stock picks into an article. I hope it becomes a vibrant, active board for new ideas.

  • Report this Comment On November 01, 2010, at 4:47 PM, TMFBrich wrote:


    Correct -- right now, the Rising Stars program is limited to employees at Fool HQ; Morgan, though Foolish to the core and an award-winning columnist, is a contract contributor who lives on the West Coast.


    Brian Richards

  • Report this Comment On November 01, 2010, at 6:15 PM, kal347 wrote:

    I think MF is just getting too carried away with all these new portfolio options - between all your newsletters and new investment programs, it's simply not possible to take everyone seriously and try to sort out so many buy recommendations.

    I end up just giving cursory attention to so much of this information overload. I think after a while it becomes less useful to keep offering more choices. Research has shown this to be a problem

  • Report this Comment On November 01, 2010, at 7:33 PM, TMFTomGardner wrote:

    Kal, you really can survive on the equity selections in a service like Stock Advisor or Million Dollar Portfolio. Because we have over four million monthly visitors to, we have investors with a very diverse set of interests. But if you want to keep it simple, I recommend Stock Advisor and/or Million Dollar Portfolio. Foolish best, Tom

  • Report this Comment On November 01, 2010, at 7:36 PM, TMFBane wrote:

    Kal, you might also consider following just one of our Rising Stars. Read his or her recs. Follow the discussions. Study the recommendations.

    Mike Olsen, for example, recommended a very interesting idea today. Have a look here:

  • Report this Comment On November 01, 2010, at 7:57 PM, TMFBreakerRob wrote:

    @Tom G: Four million visitors per month at the Fool? Is that unique visitors or including repeated visits by visitors? If the latter, I'd be artificially inflating the number.... ;)

  • Report this Comment On November 01, 2010, at 8:42 PM, beaben wrote:

    i agree with karl. there just isn't enough time in a day to peruse through all of what keeps being offered to us. even for free, i think it is way too much. i'd be happier with a narrower and very succinct view.

    thanks, beaben

  • Report this Comment On November 01, 2010, at 9:22 PM, TMFMoby wrote:

    TMFBreakerRob - it's unique visitors (non-repeated.)



  • Report this Comment On November 01, 2010, at 10:49 PM, McCaution wrote:

    I agree with kal since I cannot possibly invest in the myriad recommendations and options being tossed about. I often wonder why TMF/SA isn't selling more stocks rather than piling them up. That said, I really appreciate that the NOW list contains previously recommended stocks. I'd really like to see a performance analysis of the NOW stocks v.s. the whole recommended list of stocks.

  • Report this Comment On November 02, 2010, at 8:32 AM, catoismymotor wrote:

    Go get'em, Alyce!

  • Report this Comment On November 02, 2010, at 8:38 AM, mikecart1 wrote:

    This is a good idea. I wish all the people were required to pick a stock on the same day and time to make it fair and to really judge performance. Any newbie can pick a stock after a few days of red on the DJIA.

  • Report this Comment On November 02, 2010, at 8:56 AM, TMFLomax wrote:

    Thanks Cato! :)

  • Report this Comment On November 02, 2010, at 11:38 AM, warcun wrote:

    I am going to follow "stars" --Royal, Sullivan, and Lomax -- in particular. I notice that while some "stars" have made their first stock selections, none have provided their pick tracking information at the bottom of their profile. Can you share with us the expected lag time between purchase details and posting? Thanks.

  • Report this Comment On November 02, 2010, at 2:12 PM, warcun wrote:

    Yes, I would also like to see a performance analysis of the NOW stocks v.s. the whole recommended list of stocks as suggested by McCaution. Thanks.

  • Report this Comment On November 03, 2010, at 12:01 AM, laKitKat wrote:

    $5K is hardly a real portfolio--8 shares of google and that's it

    $5K may be good for a share or two of this and that but it does not even begin to allow any of the rising stars to actually manage money. Not only do you need to find a stock but you have to size it in the portfolio to work your magic against a market--picking one winning stock is luck. The size of a bet is sometimes even more important than choosing a particular company

    You need to give them $500K to make it interesting. Surely the Fool has that in petty cash?

  • Report this Comment On November 03, 2010, at 12:08 AM, goalie37 wrote:

    Great idea. I have liked the articles that have come out of this new venture so far. Alex Pape had a very good one.

  • Report this Comment On November 03, 2010, at 10:54 AM, TMFBane wrote:


    Each analyst is given $5K to start, and then $1K each month thereafter. So after one year, they'll each have $17K.

    We hope to increase the portfolios over time too, so who knows where we'll be in a couple of years. Anyway, I think there are some folks out there with that amount to invest. One way or another, we think our readers will receive some great stock ideas from the Rising Stars.

    Finally, we'll update the scorecards for the first time on Friday.

  • Report this Comment On November 03, 2010, at 5:12 PM, easyavenue wrote:

    I think you Fools just keep getting better and better. What a great idea! $5K is perfect to start with because I believe it approximately represents the small amount many of us Fools actually started with. I always thought the Fool site is geared to the little guy, to give him the confidence and knowledge that he can do as well if not better than all the loud and often pompous commercial and..., er, academic pundits prolific.

    Good luck to all, though I'll be watching Royal, Sullivan, Lomax, Chokko and DiPietro (used to work for a DiPietro in Denver back when) especially. And Muscovitz. Go for it, Fools!


  • Report this Comment On November 03, 2010, at 10:47 PM, Notfooled1 wrote:

    The Motley Fool is a business that tries to get as much money from its customers as possible. They recommend a plethora of stocks, a few of which will be profitable. They also recommend the sale of many stocks, a few of whcih of which will decline.

    It is not a good idea to invest in any Foolish recommendation until we had a complete list of results verified by an independent agency of spotless integrity. From my observations, I believe that an investor would do as well throwing darts against a board as following recommendations made by Fools.

  • Report this Comment On November 04, 2010, at 10:42 AM, GeoffersonSpin wrote:

    @Notfooled1: Anyone who just blindly follows a recommendation made by anyone on any website isn't a smart investor. Have you ever read a single disclaimer on the posts around here? Every investor should do their own due diligence by researching any recommendation made. There are recs made by many people based on different criteria. They are just IDEAS. Ideas that you need to research and see if you agree and if they fit in your investment style. And if you don't like the recommendations made around here I don't see any particular reason for you to just hangout and bash them on their comments. Kinda silly.

  • Report this Comment On November 05, 2010, at 1:07 PM, Howard1ii wrote:

    Sounds like a great idea. I have gotten some good ideas from the Income Investor's First Buys categories. If nothing else they are a great place to start my research at other sources.

  • Report this Comment On November 05, 2010, at 2:59 PM, IBDvalueinvestin wrote:

    I don't see any good picks that could increase your portfolio in a big way except RIG if it comes out completely clean in the RIG Explosion.

    If your gonna do this type of thing at least have some balls to buy stocks that actually have a good shot at rising? Hint look for stocks that are increasing earnings by 50% or more in the following year and there are plenty of them.

  • Report this Comment On November 10, 2010, at 6:11 PM, coleman205 wrote:

    this is my first time on the site and i got here from the foolishly great book you have more than you think, and just like the book i am impressed with the website. Now I need to check coca-cola, the gap, wrigley, nike, pfizer, gillette and intel. Thanks guys you have opened up a new world to me and i appreciate it.

  • Report this Comment On November 22, 2010, at 12:03 PM, Richkorn wrote:

    I thought I posted this comment somewhere....

    I was looking for an easy way to look at the portfolios of all the rising stars all on one page. This page just lists the First Buy (if any) as an intro to this new real money analyst competition.

    Is there a way to get a complete listing of all the RS analysts picks other than through the Homepage where you click on each individual. I think it would be useful.


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