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

Jim Chanos vs. BABA Stock Jim Chanos is hell-bent on taking down Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE:BABA), and it seems to be working. BABA stock fell 8.4% on Wednesday as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) launched an investigation into the firm’s accounting standards. (Source: “Alibaba Discloses SEC…

SCTY Stock Faces Big Problem, Analyst Says Considering that SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ:SCTY) is under siege by short sellers like Jim Chanos, many investors were surprised to see SCTY stock surge 32% since May 10. What’s going on here? Is SolarCity benefitting from a short squeeze? I’m afraid it’s…

Is the Stock Market Rigged? Deutsche Bank AG (USA) (NYSE:DB) has publicly accepted a charge of roughly €450 million this week, but for some reason, DB stock was relatively upbeat after the news broke. Regardless, it confirms suspicions that the stock market is rigged. The fine was apparently…

TSLA Stock Attracts a Ton of Short Sellers Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) has a long list of critics, including analyst John Murphy from Bank of America Corp. Murphy recently put a $155.00 price target on TSLA stock, which would be a 30% decline from where its share price…

Why LendingClub Stock Is Crashing LendingClub Corp (NYSE:LC) is getting pummeled this year. The latest hit on LC stock came from Deloitte, which put out a scathing report on the entire premise of marketplace lending. If it’s right, then LendingClub stock is in serious trouble. The report says…

Chanos Delivers Blunt Reality Check on China Jim Chanos is at it again. The billionaire short seller has often worried that China’s economic collapse is right around the corner. Last year’s stock market crash proved he may have a point, but how would we know when the economic…

Why Jim Chanos Is Shorting Alibaba It looks like Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE:BABA) is in Jim Chanos’ bad books. The renowned short seller and blunt-talking billionaire is betting heavily on the downfall of BABA stock. In recent weeks, Jim Chanos has been making the rounds on financial…

SCTY Stock Needs Better Funding SolarCity Corp’s (NASDAQ:SCTY) recent quarter was nothing to write home about, but it had a silver lining or two. If the company can use those tidbits of good news as a stepping-stone, SCTY stock could conceivably reach its old high. The road will…

Ray Dalio Sells AMZN Stock Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) just lost a big-name shareholder in Ray Dalio’s Bridgewater Associates. According to paperwork filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Bridgewater sold its entire position in AMZN stock. (Source: “Bridgewater Associates 13F Filing,” Securities & Exchange Commission, May 13, 2016.)…

Buffett Goes Big on AAPL Stock Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) got a surprise lift on Monday when investors heard that Warren Buffett’s fund had bought $1.069 billion worth of AAPL stock. (Source: “Berkshire Hathaway 13F Filing,” Securities and Exchange Commission, May 16, 2016.) Shares of the smartphone maker jumped…

What to Expect from QCOM Stock When most people think smartphones, they don’t think about QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM). But funnily enough, QCOM stock is your best bet for making money on the smartphone market. Let me explain... There’s a reason we think certain companies are good investments. It…

The Upside for NFLX Stock Most people outside of Silicon Valley don’t see Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX), or NFLX stock for that matter, as the marvel it truly is. The company is so much more than just a streaming service... It is a pioneer. That may sound grandiose, but…

Pros and Cons for AAPL Stock Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) lost a big chunk of its market capitalization after reporting earnings in April. But once the immediate panic had subsided, many investors started asking themselves one question: is AAPL stock ripe for the taking? Most of you know that…

Upside for AMZN Stock? Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably aware that Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) is a contentious company. Some investors think AMZN stock is priced way too high, but those concerns haven’t dented the share price. So are the bears right about Amazon? The…

Think Google Stock Is Past Its Prime? Alphabet Inc (NASDQ:GOOG) is basically a dream asset to most investors. Google stock has skyrocketed not once...not twice...but three times. Can it happen again? You better believe it can. Just look at Google stock’s performance compared to other investments in the…

Why I’m Bullish on MSFT Stock What do you picture when you hear the name Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)? For most people, it conjures up an image of dusty old computers from the 1980s, but that era has passed. MSFT stock is back at the forefront of technology. Let…

Tailwinds for FB Stock Many novice investors make the mistake of overlooking Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB). They think that because FB stock has already carved out huge gains for its shareholders, it can’t possibly do it again. It’s the “I missed the train” type of thinking. Investors feel like…

Another SpaceX Landing Earlier this week, SpaceX successfully launched and landed its “Falcon 9” rocket on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. It was the second time SpaceX pulled off the ocean landing and this one was even more impressive than the last. The rocket was traveling…