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

Is This Good for Twitter Stock (TWTR)? Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) has been quietly selling off its suite of developer products to Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), which has me wondering: Could Alphabet want to buy the entirety of Twitter stock (TWTR stock)? It’s not as crazy as it sounds. Twitter is…

Qualcomm Stock (QCOM) Forecast 2017 Shares of QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) have been on a rollercoaster ever since the Federal Trade Commission filed an antitrust lawsuit against the company. We’ve seen Qualcomm stock (QCOM) drop nearly five percent in one trading session, which has many investors wondering if it’s…

Is This Bad News for Facebook Stock (FB)? Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) is currently embroiled in a strange little lawsuit that could undermine its huge investment in Oculus VR. But in order to figure out what this case could mean for Facebook stock (FB), we have to dig into the…

Could a Trade War Hurt Alibaba Stock (BABA)? Despite signs of a coming trade war between the United States and China, shares of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE:BABA) have been surprisingly upbeat since the U.S. presidential election. Alibaba stock (BABA stock) rose eight percent in the last month, suggesting…

Netflix Stock (NFLX) Forecast in 2017 Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) topped quarterly estimates in the third quarter, but expectations are running dangerously high for the fourth-quarter results. Here’s a quick preview of what’s in store for Netflix stock (NFLX) after the closing bell on Wednesday. Analysts polled by Thomson…

Should You Invest in IBM Stock? International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) calls to mind dusty old-fashioned computers and dial-up internet, but “Big Blue” has evolved with the times. It is now a cutting-edge firm with huge investments in artificial intelligence and cloud computing. Both of these investments could…

Important Branding for Microsoft Stock (MSFT) Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is updating its "Windows 10" software to put a greater focus on data privacy, something which it hopes will become the company's trademark. These changes are more than cosmetic—they could spark a bullish run on Microsoft stock (MSFT stock). The…

Should You Invest in Disney Stock (DIS)? Shares of Walt Disney Co (NYSE:DIS) have been trading at a discount ever since ESPN began losing subscribers. Despite the enormous success of other Disney properties, such as Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm, Disney stock (DIS stock) seems to be stuck on a…

The Snapchat IPO, Explained Snap Inc.’s initial public offering—more commonly known as the Snapchat IPO—is expected to be a landmark moment of 2017. There were very few IPOs last year, and few are scheduled for this year, leaving many investors hungry for a piece of Snapchat stock. It…

Should I Buy IoT Stocks in 2017? Tech investors, creators, and consumers of all stripes gather in Las Vegas every year to walk the halls of the Consumer Electronics Show, more commonly known as CES. Everyone in attendance is hunting for the next big innovation, but this year…

3 Tailwinds for Tesla Stock (TSLA) Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) has entered 2017 off of an upbeat quarter, which could help the company's share price make bigger moves in this new year. In fact, there are three fundamentals that could drive Tesla stock (TSLA stock) through the roof now that…

Is Apple Stock (AAPL) Over the Hill? In a wide-ranging interview with The New York Times, billionaire investor Peter Thiel took a swipe at Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), saying “...it’s not an area where there will be any more innovation.” (Source: “Confirm or Deny: Peter Thiel,” The New York…

Why Facebook Stock (FB Stock) Jumped 6% Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) was buried under a series of scandals in the fourth quarter of 2016, but investors have returned to their bullish position on the internet giant. Facebook stock (FB stock) surged by six percent in the last five trading sessions,…

A More Streamlined Google Stock (GOOG) Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is reportedly trying to sell one of its satellite divisions, a business that it bought in 2014 for $500.0 million. This sale would suggest Alphabet's upper management is getting serious about cost-cutting, and that they are willing to do the…

Don’t Underestimate Amazon Stock (AMZN Stock) Dear reader, you probably know that we’re big fans of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN). You can hardly blame us. In the time that we’ve been bullish on Amazon stock (AMZN stock), the share price has risen by triple-digits, meaning it could have made…

What to Expect from Tech Stocks 2017 Dear reader: in the last three quarters, you may have noticed that we have featured a lot of microchip stocks on Profit Confidential. This is because there was a big change in the market—a change that few retail investors even knew…

Our Netflix Stock (NFLX) Forecast Was 100% Right Since shares of Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) logged 30% gains last quarter, it’s safe to say the share price has recovered from its mid-2016 blues. Few analysts believed that Netflix stock (NFLX) could pull off such a spectacular comeback...that is, except…

What to Expect from Alibaba Stock (BABA Stock) in 2017 Although 2017 is barely two weeks old, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s (NYSE:BABA) aggressive maneuvering could bring spectacular gains to Alibaba stock. In fact, the BABA stock price grew three percent on Tuesday as investors turned bullish on the…