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Growth stocks have the potential to offer investors high returns, but the risks may be too steep for some investors. 

The potential for a company that develops a new technology or cure for a common or rare disease could fuel its stock price to rise exponentially in a relatively short period of time.

And while investors looking for growth need to take into account a company's return on equity, earnings-per-share growth and projected earnings, among other factors, they also need to be wary of the risks involved in when putting money into a stock that may not be a sure thing.

Here are the 21 A+-rated stocks that also have the highest growth rates via their revenue, cash flow, and earnings in the Russell 2000 Index, according to TheStreet Ratings, TheStreet's proprietary ratings tool. The stocks are from a variety of sectors. TheStreet included trailing 12-month revenue growth, net income growth and EPS growth on each company for comparison.

TheStreet Ratings uses a quantitative approach to rating over 4,300 stocks to predict return potential for the next year. The model is both objective, using elements such as volatility of past operating revenues, financial strength, and company cash flows, and subjective, including expected equities market returns, future interest rates, implied industry outlook and forecasted company earnings.

Buying an S&P 500 stock that TheStreet Ratings rated a "buy" yielded a 16.56% return in 2014 beating the S&P 500 Total Return Index by 304 basis points. Buying a Russell 2000 stock that TheStreet Ratings rated a "buy" yielded a 9.5% return in 2014, beating the Russell 2000 index, including dividends reinvested, by 460 basis points last year.

Note: Stock ratings are as of Nov. 8, 2015.

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