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

Do You Understand Google Stock? Although we use Alphabet Inc’s (Google) (NASDAQ:GOOG) products on a daily basis, most investors probably can’t tell you why Google stock is worth so much. Worse still, they probably can’t give you an accurate description of how Google stock makes money. Some of…

Betting on IBM Stock What do you think of when you hear the name International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM)? It probably conjures visions of dusty computers and dial-up Internet, but forget those images for a second. There’s a lot more to IBM stock than meets the eye. I’ve…

BIDU Stock is a Dark Horse Baidu Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ:BIDU) stock is one of the best ways for retail investors to bet on the Chinese economy, but it’s important to know that this isn’t an average technology firm; Baidu stock is the Google (Alphabet Inc) (NASDAQ:GOOG) of China.…

What’s Next for WDAY Stock? Workday Inc (NYSE:WDAY) stock is packed into a crowded corner of the technology sector, yet it still manages to outperform expectations. Among other reasons, the firm’s willingness to throw a couple of elbows turned me bullish on Workday stock. The business software company…

TWTR Stock Is a TV Play Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) is an outcast on the stock market. This once beloved investment is the ugly stepchild of social media...but I think TWTR stock has been getting some plastic surgery, because it’s oddly attractive right now. I wasn’t always such a…

Why is NFLX Stock Down in 2016? Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX), once a main driver of stock market returns, has lost the goodwill of investors. A few earnings misses were enough to sap the company of its momentum and drive NFLX stock below…

Chinese Tech Stocks to Watch As a financial writer, I am often asked for predictions on the next bull market, and my answer is always the same: Chinese tech stocks. Investors looking for double- and triple-digit gains should take a fresh look at the top tech stocks in…

Why TSLA Stock Could Surge Despite its raging popularity, Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) is still underappreciated. Bearish investors don’t realize that TSLA stock is so much more than a car company; it’s an end-to-end energy company. Unfortunately, that ignorance comes at a steep price. Tesla stock has grown…

This Could be a Game Changer for Solar Energy Stocks Over the last few years, declining prices for solar panels has been the big story for solar energy stocks. Now, researchers in Australia have made an even more important breakthrough; one which could have a huge impact on…

Satya Nadella Remade MSFT Stock Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) was a sleeping giant while Steve Ballmer was its chief executive officer, but now the giant is waking. MSFT stock has spiked to 61.7% under the tenure of new CEO Satya Nadella. And he’s just getting started. Nadella has rebuilt…

Zuckerberg Plan to Sell 99% of Facebook Stock Last week on Wednesday and Thursday, Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) CEO Mark Zuckerberg sold 767,905 units of FB stock to fund his for-profit charity. The sale amounted to $95-million-worth of Facebook stock. (Source: “Mark Zuckerberg Sells $95.0 Million Worth Of Facebook…

MSFT Stock Built Bill Gates Net Worth There’s a very good chance that Google searches for “Bill Gates net worth” are about to spike. The 60-year old founder of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has reached a new pinnacle of wealth, helped along by MSFT stock. Bill Gates is now…

How Bad Is This for FB Stock? How would Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) make money without advertising? It’s an uncomfortable question at first. But when you consider that 97% of FB stock revenues are based on advertising, it becomes downright terrifying. The social media giant relies on hawking other…

Should You Invest in Tech Penny Stocks? No one pays attention to the guy trading tech penny stocks—that is, until he multiplies $10,000 of his savings into more than $300,000. That’s not an exaggeration or dramatization; it actually happened to a 16-year-old investor named Connor Bruggemann. While in…

Should You Invest in Technology Stocks? Believe it or not, tech investing doesn’t have to raise your blood pressure. Forget what you think you know about the “best technology stocks,” because there are plenty of other options. For instance, there are high-dividend technology stocks for long-term investors. I’ll…

Why Warren Buffet Stock Picks are Watched Closely There is a reason why people call Warren Buffett the "Oracle of Omaha"; it’s because Warren Buffett stock picks tend to outperform the market, especially over the long term. But what about Warren Buffett tech stocks? How do they perform?…

Like a high school sweetheart that went away for college, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is one of those investments that “got away.” I know plenty of investors who regret not buying Apple stock in early 2001, because AAPL stock shot up 11,200% over the next 15 years. They drown…

Why FEYE Stock Fell 12.5% FireEye Inc (NASDAQ:FEYE) delivered quarterly earnings on Thursday and the market reception was...frosty, to say the least. Within hours, investors carved out 12.5% of FEYE stock. Although the company’s bottom line was better than expected, there was some trouble at the top end…

This Could Be Huge for AMZN Stock According to Gartner’s “Magic Quadrant” report, Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) is still the undisputed king of cloud computing. Its continued dominance suggests that AMZN stock will keep moving “up and to the right” for the foreseeable future. In fact, Amazon will become…