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

Netflix Stock Could Double Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) took a beating over the last year, but there's reason to believe the company is due for a turnaround. I've noticed several indicators suggesting Netflix stock (NFLX) could skyrocket in the coming months. The share price could easily double from its…

Good News for Microsoft Stock As Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) discovered last week, nothing breeds envy quite like success. Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)—also known as Google—and Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) are copying the firm's playbook for taking over the cloud computing industry, which in turn has made me super-bullish on Microsoft stock (MSFT).…

Bad News for Apple Stock Bears As the biggest company in the world, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) deserves to be under the microscope from time to time. But if we don't step back to look at the big picture once in a while, we could lose perspective on what…

Twitter Stock and the NFL After Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) aired its first National Football League (NFL) game last week, I felt a subtle change in investor sentiment. The market finally glimpsed what we've been talking about for months: that Twitter stock will never become a social media success, but…

A New Tailwind for Facebook Stock Several months ago, I wrote about a new top-secret facility at Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) called "Building 8," but its impact was still unknown. At the time, I wasn't sure how Facebook stock (FB) would be affected by this new division. A recent acquisition…

Elon Musk Bearish on Graduate School In a recent interview, SpaceX and Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) CEO Elon Musk gave young entrepreneurs a blunt reality check: don't go to graduate school. The tech wunderkind suggested that it could be more "useful" for our best and brightest to avoid the ivory…

MSFT Stock Hikes Dividend Shares of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) gathered steam after the company dropped a bombshell Tuesday evening. Not only did the board of directors raise the quarterly dividend by eight percent, but it also greenlit a plan to repurchase $40.0 billion worth of MSFT stock. The $0.03 dividend…

Why Steve Eisman is Bearish on LC Stock Are you wondering why LendingClub Corp (NYSE:LC) fell 3.7% on Monday? Maybe it's because LC stock roused the ire of Steve Eisman, one of the brilliant investors featured in Michael Lewis's book The Big Short. With that in mind, it's surprising that LendingClub…

A Threat to Tesla Stock? Shares of Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) have been stuck on a roller coaster in recent weeks. The SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ:SCTY) merger injected tons of volatility into Tesla stock, but things got even worse on Monday. A handful of Tesla stock investors decided to sue the…

What's Next for IBM Stock Some of our younger readers may not remember this, but International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) was a pioneer of artificial intelligence (AI). Now the company is redoubling its efforts in that area, and in doing so, has opened up IBM stock to gains…

Twitter Stock Bounces Back If there's one thing America loves, it's football. So by extension, America now loves Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR), which is the new home of Thursday-night National Football League (NFL) action. A day after the first game was live-streamed, Twitter stock (TWTR) jumped 4.4%. The event was…

Looking Ahead for ORCL Stock In recent years, Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL) co-founder Larry Ellison has seemed more concerned with a playboy lifestyle than his company, but now his attention is back on Oracle stock (ORCL). He's even taking shots at Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN). “Amazon’s lead is over. Amazon is…

Ford Stock Goes Big on Driverless Tech Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) just went all in on driverless technology. The 113-year old company is betting the farm on self-driving cars, setting up F stock for game-changing returns. More to the point, Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) should feel threatened by the…

Netflix Stock Makes International Inroads Earlier this year, the bulls and bears squabbled over Netflix, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:NFLX) international expansion. Initial numbers were weak, leading to a massive fall in Netflix stock (NFLX) and the general feeling that Netflix had over-estimated international subscriber growth. In other words, it seemed like the…

AAPL Stock Starts Bullish Run Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), the biggest company in the world, hasn't had this kind of week in over seven years. After investors got a whiff of "iPhone 7" sales, they started clamoring for Apple stock. Within three trading sessions, they added $50.0 billion to AAPL's market…

Amazon Stock, the Ultimate IoT Bet? While this week's tech and business headlines have focused on "iPhone 7" sales, another important piece of consumer data slipped below the radar: sales of Amazon.com, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:AMZN) "Echo Dot." Analysts are now thinking that Amazon stock is the leading play on the Internet…

Is This Hope for SCTY Stock? SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ:SCTY) is one of the most closely watched tickers on the market, especially since Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) offered to absorb all outstanding shares of SolarCity stock. The deal values each share of SCTY stock at $24.16, yet it is currently…

Tsai Strikes Back for Alibaba Stock Alibaba Holding Group Ltd (NYSE:BABA) is being hunted by Jim Chanos, the billionaire and notorious short-seller. He's betting on a crash in BABA stock, but that position hasn't been working well for him. Alibaba stock grew more than 51% in the last year, something that…

NVIDIA Stock is a Bet on the Future I’ve been keeping an eye on NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) for quite some time. Over the last year, NVDA stock has surpassed other microchip makers by finding new applications for its cutting-edge technology. The company dove headfirst into the future and,…

Looking Ahead for AAON Stock Other tech experts sneer at my interest in companies like AAON, Inc. (NASDAQ:AAON) because they don't consider AAON stock particularly innovative. The company doesn’t pour money into secretive research, nor do they put on a spectacle at events like the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).…