If you're not a subscriber to our Motley Fool Rule Breakers newsletter service, you may not even realize that today is the third Wednesday of the month, otherwise known as the day when the new issue becomes available. Slow down, my friend. You don't need to go scrambling for a free trial. The issue won't be released until the market closes today. However, even if you find yourself fashionably late to the party, there are still some pretty good reasons to pay attention.

Since the newsletter's launch last year, the average recommendation has more than doubled the S&P 500's showing. Of course, these are volatile growth stocks. Implosions will happen when you are fishing in the mercurial growth-stock waters. We've already had a couple of those. Then again, half of the 20 past recommendations are showing double-digit percentage gains since they were first singled out.

That's awfully impressive. The market has been kind to growth stocks lately. A company like Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) doesn't just triple in its first 11 months of public trading. A company like Imax (NASDAQ:IMAX) doesn't just double in a year. However, the market often stipulates that you have to earn the right to ride its coattails.

Urban Outfitters (NASDAQ:URBN) has doubled over the past year because same-store sales are on a tear. Parlux Fragrances (NASDAQ:PARL) more than tripled before the stock put itself into play earlier this month on the strength of surprisingly strong perfume sales.

Superior growth stocks are the result of explosive companies being discovered early. Finding them doesn't happen by accident. Vertex Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:VRTX) has risen by 60% since it was recommended in the newsletter back in February. The other pick that month is doing even better!

This afternoon, we will be adding two new stocks to our list of active picks. That's not all that you will find in the newsletter. One column this month is dedicated to companies that are turning up the volume in digital music. Other articles focus on the latest trends in biotechnology and nanotechnology. There is also a lively community board to keep the exchanges going above and beyond the monthly issues and mid-month updates.

So the next time you find yourself wondering how companies like alternative beverage specialist Hansen Natural (NASDAQ:HANS) or Breathe Right nasal strip maker CNS (NASDAQ:CNXS) found the gumption to more than double in recent months, odds are that the trail to higher share prices started with a bunch of savvy investors who spotted the possibilities before anyone else did.

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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz finds that eating, sleeping, and breathing growth stocks will work wonders for your financial health. He does not own shares in any of the companies in this story, and Vertex is the only stock mentioned that is an active recommendation. He is part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early. The Fool has a disclosure policy .