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 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…

Are Tech Sector ETFs a Good Bet? Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are a tech investor’s best friend. Rather than putting your money in a single stock, you can use tech sector ETFs to bet on an entire industry, technology, or innovation. In other words, the top tech ETFs of…

Investors Preview Snap Financials For the last few years, initial public offerings (IPOs) have been a barren wasteland of disappointment. Investors hope the upcoming IPO of Snap Inc.—more commonly known as the Snapchat IPO—will break the cold streak, but that really depends on whether Snapchat is a success.…

Ethereum vs Bitcoin Digital currencies have proved to be lucrative for tech-wise traders, but where should you put your money in 2017: Ethereum or Bitcoin? Both the Ethereum value and the Bitcoin value have skyrocketed in recent years. In order to figure out which of them is headed for…

Should You Buy Top Marijuana Stocks? When Colorado legalized recreational marijuana on January 1, 2014, the wheels of capitalism sprang into motion. Marijuana stocks were born. Investors who feel uncomfortable with “sin stocks” such as gambling, tobacco, alcohol, and pornography ,may want to steer clear of these investments.…

Should You Invest in Top Ecommerce Companies? Dear reader, it’s important to remember that the stock market isn’t a solid thing. It is made up of different sectors, some of which are more promising than others. For instance, online retail stocks are on the verge of exploding, meaning…

Is This a Threat to Qualcomm Stock (QCOM)? Dear reader, over the last two weeks, I’ve been warning you that QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) may suffer damage from antitrust litigation. At first, these lawsuits weren’t having much effect on Qualcomm stock (QCOM stock), but I warned you they were…

Is International Business Machines Corp. a Buy? Although it may seem counter-intuitive, International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) could be one of the biggest winners on the stock market this year. We have this confidence in IBM stock despite a whole host of problems—19 straight quarters of declining revenues,…

Tesla Stock (TSLA) Dear reader, you may remember that shares of Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) took a major hit last year. TSLA stock dropped below $200.00 as investors priced in effects from a horrific car accident—they believed this accident could be the downfall of Tesla stock. Here's what…

What to Expect from Amazon Stock Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) had its most successful year ever in 2016, yet some analysts continue to underestimate AMZN Stock. They just don’t get it. Amazon isn’t an ordinary company, so trying to value it like one is foolish. You can’t even compare…

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…