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

Line IPO Price Delayed by Global Uncertainty Although tech IPOs (initial public offerings) have been rare in the last 18 months, the upcoming Line IPO was supposed to buck the trend. But then the Brexit happened. As a result, the South Korean-based company has postponed releasing its Line…

Financials Trounced in Brexit Results Ever since the Brexit results rolled in, the media has been completely obsessed with talking about the British pound. But there are plenty of other investments that also crashed and burned, namely bank stocks—they got pummeled last Friday. Just look at the financials…

Stocks to Consider as Stock Market Collapsing The people of Britain have voted to leave the European Union, shocking financial markets and the world at large. However, there some stocks to consider in this crisis, namely those in the mining industry. Gold prices jumped 5.2% Friday morning, reaching…

Time to Ditch Intel Stock? Hardly Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) is the 800-pound gorilla of the semi-conductor industry. It is a dominant supplier of microchips that power laptops and computers. Betting on INTC stock has always been a bet on the continual rise of computer sales— until recently. Computer…

Back Up the Truck on Google Stock? I’m a big believer in the power of products. Companies like Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) are able to drive monster gains in their stock prices because customers love what they offer. In other words, GOOG stock depends on successful products. We often…

Huge News for TSLA Stock and SCTY Stock Elon Musk, the famous CEO of Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), also happens to be chairman of another public company: SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ:SCTY). Seven months ago we suggested he should merge the two companies... ...and now he plans to do exactly…

SCTY Outlook for 2016 SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ:SCTY) has a huge problem: analysts think the company has too much debt. They believe the firm’s loans could ultimately suffocate its share price, which is why they turned bearish on SCTY stock. But don’t take my word for it. Just look…

Bold Forecasts from Peter Thiel If you haven’t heard of Peter Thiel, then it’s time to leave that cave you’ve been hiding in. He is one of the greatest investors and entrepreneurs of our time, having cofounded PayPal Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:PYPL) and having been an early investor in…

No Uber Car Coming, CEO Says The rumor mills were buzzing about it for weeks, but now it appears there won’t be any “Uber Car” rolling off assembly lines. Considering that Uber Technologies Inc. and Daimler AG are nearly equal in market value, you would expect the two…

Don’t Count Out Elon Musk Every era has its heroes. From Da Vinci to DiCaprio, there are always people with the talent and ambition to transcend the ordinary. Elon Musk is certainly one of those people. The guy is a self-made billionaire, genius, and iconoclast. But more than…

More Downside for the Canadian Dollar As a resource-based economy, Canada was devastated by last year’s commodity slump. The CAD to USD exchange rate plunged in tandem with the price of oil, but a housing bubble saved the currency from a full-blown crash. Unfortunately, that housing bubble is…

Don’t Bet Against Tesla Motors Inc Elon Musk is facing increased competition from the big automakers, not to mention well-funded Chinese startups, but there’s still hope for the company. We often hear the bearish case for Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), so let’s review some of the company’s tailwinds…

Pros and Cons for MU Stock Investors who bet on microprocessor stocks a few years ago made fortunes, but then the entire industry fell into a slump last year. Companies like Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU) are currently trading at huge discounts, meaning there is significant upside on tickers…

Elon Musk Admits Apple Is a Competitor At this year’s Code Conference, Elon Musk spoke about a whole range of things. From artificial intelligence to landing on Mars, Musk was pretty open with his thoughts. His most interesting comments were about driverless cars. As the CEO of Tesla…

Grim Prospects for SCTY Stock This may sound a little dramatic, but the fate of SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ:SCTY) is hanging on the edge. SCTY stock could literally make or break in the coming months depending on how the company handles three things. Cheaper costs are certainly a tailwind…

Looking Ahead for GPRO Stock GoPro Inc (NASDAQ:GPRO) was one of the market’s biggest victims last year, but the question is this: did GPRO stock deserve to lose 81.85% over the last 12 months? If not, the company could have a lot of unexplored upside. To be honest,…

Investors Upbeat on Ambarella Stock Ambarella Inc (NASDAQ:AMBA) released its first-quarter earnings on Thursday. Although the chipmaker’s profits were down 91% year-over-year, AMBA stock jumped 9.6% in after-hours trading. (Source: “Ambarella Reports Sharp Decline in Revenue, Profit,” The Wall Street Journal, June 2, 2016.) Although there were a…

More Upside for FB Stock? What do you think of when you hear the name Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB)? Most people think of the Facebook web site or mobile app, but the company is so much more than that. FB stock is, quite simply, one of the best technology…