Gaurav S. Iyer, IFC

Gaurav S. Iyer is a research analyst and editor at Lombardi Financial. He currently writes for Profit Confidential where he focuses on macroeconomics and capital markets.

On the equity side, Iyer is a fundamental analyst who focuses on company business models and how those companies are positioned within their industry compared to their competitors. His economic research and analysis has appeared in The Economist.

Iyer co-founded the Rethinking Economic chapters in Toronto and Montreal, Canada.

Get to know Gaurav…

What was your very first investment?

My older brother had saved a nest egg and wanted to invest, so he asked for my help. Finding ripe industries was easy since I already understood economics. This was in 2009, and I realized that financials were sure to rebound. But once I began looking at individual companies, I gained a new level of respect for how uniquely structured each firm could be, and what it meant about their potential for success or failure.

What has been the most memorable moment of your investment career?

My most memorable moment came from owning a large-cap tech company. It was an over-hyped stock that was straining under a heavy load of pessimism. Those are the moments that define successful investors. I did not listen to the naysayers; I trusted my analysis, and a year later the stock had earned 30%.

What is your investment philosophy?

I am a value investor. I think of companies, not stocks. It helps me to know where exactly a business is making its money, how it plans to expand, and whether it can defend its market share. Only once you know those things can you determine if the stock is over- or under-priced.

Gaurav S. Iyer's Articles

Should You Buy Biotech Stocks in 2017? The relationship between Donald Trump and biotech stocks is fraught with complications, but it doesn’t mean that biotech stocks are doomed. In fact, the opposite may be true. The biotech stocks index could surge under a Trump Administration. Forget what the…

Augmented Reality vs Virtual Reality The history of technology—much like the history of everything else—is selective. It is a story told by winners. So when forecasting the "augmented reality vs virtual reality" debate, try to imagine the next 10 years. Picture this fight between competing technologies as if…

Should You Invest in Marijuana Stocks? Many investors are hoping to strike it rich by investing in marijuana stocks, but they should think long and hard about that decision. It can be confusing not knowing how to invest in marijuana stocks since there are so many ways to…

Why Invest in Technology Stocks? If you’ve ever wondered if investing in tech stocks is worthwhile, ask yourself one question: what drives economic growth? The answer is obvious: technological advancement. Progress has always come from technology, which is why it makes sense to own the top tech stocks…

FB Stock Predictions Are a Dime a Dozen Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) is no longer the tiny startup looking to “connect the world.” It is a giant corporation with myriad concerns, interests, and investments. Recognizing that Facebook is powerful is the first step toward setting a reasonable FB stock price…

Defense Stocks Trump Effect The top defense stocks for 2017 are still ripe as we reach the end of Q1. This is mostly because of President Donald Trump’s defense budget, which promises the Pentagon an extra $54.0 billion in military spending. Talk about Christmas-come-early. Even though the year…

Our Nasdaq Stocks List Offers Jaw-Dropping Returns Over the last 10 years, the Nasdaq Composite Index crushed the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average. It doubled their performance, in part, because top Nasdaq stocks are more innovative and exciting than those on other exchanges. To take…

Martin Sorrell Predicts Amazon vs. Google Face-Off According to a major advertising CEO, we are nearing an epic showdown between Amazon vs. Google. The CEO’s name is Martin Sorrell (or rather Sir Martin Sorrell), and he runs the biggest advertising agency in the world. He thinks the two…

Take a Look at Our Semiconductor Stocks List Investors should be paying more attention to the semiconductor stock index. It advanced 50.2% in the past 12 months, a return beyond that of many “growth stocks.” Things are even better for individual chip stocks. As such, we have identified…

Will FB Stock Split in 2017? Many investors think Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) is unaffordable at $137.00 per share. The social media stock seems out of reach. A FB stock split in 2017 would solve that problem. There is no fixed timeline on the Facebook stock split date in 2017,…

Best Social Media Stocks It turns out that the social media wars are far from over. In fact, investors should probably double-check their social media stocks list now that Snap Inc. is going public. There could be a major shuffle among the top social media stocks for 2017.…

The Best Technology Stocks Offer Steady Gains There are very few long-term investors left on the market. Most people just want to get rich overnight. They aren’t willing to play the long game, sacrifice, or realize that wealth takes time. But, for the more patient of our readers,…

A New Addition to the Carl Icahn Portfolio This week, Carl Icahn, the notorious corporate raider and billionaire investor, set his eyes on a new target: Bristol-Myers Squibb Co (NYSE:BMY). We dug through his regulatory filings to see if this position matches earlier Carl Icahn predictions, and what we…

Is BuzzFeed Going Public? BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti must laugh when he hears talk of “fake news” and “failing media institutions.” Last year, the 43-year-old mogul raised another $200.0 million from NBCUniversal Media, LLC, leading to a BuzzFeed valuation of $1.5 billion. There are even rumors of a BuzzFeed…

Amazon Stock vs. Walmart Stock The world is changing. I never thought we’d see the day that Warren Buffett dumps shares of Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT); sadly, all good things come to an end. Buffett sold $900.0 million worth of Walmart stock lately, but that doesn’t mean he’s…

Ford vs Tesla: A Tale of Two Car Companies What happens when a 100-year-old company tries to reinvent itself? Many investors are pondering this question as Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) tries to challenge Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) on autonomous cars. There is a lot of uncertainty, to be sure, but…

Should You Buy Snap Stock? Shares of Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) have more than tripled since the company held its initial public offering (IPO) in 2012. An explosion in profits, not to mention a corresponding rise in Facebook user growth, kept the stock on an upward track. But now, Facebook…

Cybersecurity in 2017 Tech investors tend to be optimistic (and sometimes naive) about the world. They see sunshine and rainbows in dark and dangerous places, which is both their greatest strength and their greatest weakness. Positivity is an essential ingredient for building the future, but it can also…

A Tailwind for Google Stock Like all initial public offerings (IPOs), Snap Inc.’s debut on the stock exchange is a mixed bag. It has the potential to break in either direction, which doesn’t mean there aren’t definite upsides. For instance, the Snapchat IPO was basically free advertising for…