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:

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