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

SHOP Stock Is Poised for Growth If your forehead scrunched up in confusion at the name Shopify Inc (NYSE:SHOP), do not be alarmed. Most U.S. investors are completely oblivious to this e-commerce star for one simple reason: it is based in Ottawa, Canada. Barring this one oddity, SHOP…

Untapped Potential for NVDA Stock? Any investor who thinks it’s been a bad year for stocks needs to take a closer look at NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA). Since the start of 2016, this graphics chip-maker has overcome plenty of hurdles and has sent NVIDIA stock (NVDA stock) surging by…

International Business Machines Corp. Pushes AI Limits International Business Machines Corp.’s (NYSE:IBM) famous artificial intelligence (AI) software, nicknamed "Watson," is now in training to become a cybersecurity bodyguard. Forty different IBM clients are “beta testing” the powerful AI to see whether it can detect digital threats. However, IBM…

A Warning from Stephen Hawking The rise of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics is threatening America’s middle class jobs, says renowned physicist Stephen Hawking. Yes, that Stephen Hawking. Worse still, Hawking says that academic and business elites are ignoring the social costs of progress. He argues that robotics…

Why India Is Amazing for AMZN Stock Over the last decade—a decade which Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) spent crushing brick-and-mortar retail stores—there was a clear trend in the value of Amazon stock: up and to the right. The share price exploded as rival after rival fell prey to the…

Good News for Microsoft Stock (MSFT)? The European Commission is set to approve Microsoft Corporation’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) $26.0-billion acquisition of LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD), but not without some caveats. Nonetheless, we believe this event could trigger a surge in Microsoft stock (MSFT). Regulators don’t appear to hate the deal, but…

Can AMD Stock Beat NVIDIA Corporation? Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMD) took a major hit on Thursday, but there may not be anything wrong with AMD stock specifically. Semiconductor stocks slipped across the board. Some analysts consider the movement a normal sector rotation, where money flows from one…

Elon Musk Adds New Wing to TSLA Stock At almost every turn in its history, Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) has faced criticism from people who want to see it fail. These people don’t like Tesla stock (TSLA), nor do they have any warm and fuzzy feelings for Elon…

Good News for GPRO Stock GoPro Inc (NASDAQ:GPRO) got a lift Wednesday morning after the company announced cost-cutting measures in its efforts to refocus the firm. However, GoPro stock (GPRO) had dropped lower by the very next day. What’s going on with the action-camera maker and GPRO stock? The…

What This Means for Amazon Stock Over the last six years, Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) played out a careful gambit to draw in big clients at its cloud computing arm. What was at stake, you ask? Nothing more or less than the value of Amazon stock (AMZN). This may sound…

Bad News for Facebook Stock (FB)? With 2016 entering its twilight, analysts are reflecting on the surprises that this year had to offer. Brexit and Donald Trump spring to mind, but there are other stories as well; stories that concern Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) and anyone looking at FB stock.…

AT&T Sets Its Eyes on NFLX Stock Another company just entered the online streaming game to take down Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX). The new rival is an itty-bitty company you may have heard of: it’s called AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T). As one of the biggest cable providers in the United…

An Easy Cash-Grab for Google Stock Most people think the smartphone boom is over, but a new report suggests that Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), also known as Google, can still squeeze a little more growth out of the sector. The "Pixel," its new high-end smartphone, is expected to be a…

Insulation for MSFT Stock Over the last two years, a Silicon Valley startup named Slack took aim at Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). The little firm wanted to topple Microsoft stock (MSFT) by invading its home territory, the office space. But my guess is that their plan will backfire. For those…

A Big Piece of Uber News Uber Technologies Inc. will appear in the European Court of Justice on Tuesday to defend its business practices, in what is fast becoming the Groundhog Day of Uber news stories. The U.S.-based ride sharing app has faced these accusations again and again. Critics…

A Victory for AMZN Stock As Amazon's Cyber Monday comes to a close, it is clear that Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) is the big winner from Thanksgiving weekend. While Amazon stock doesn’t yet reflect the paradigm shift, the numbers tell a very clear story: namely, that holiday shopping is…

A Good Piece of Climate Change News As a follow-up to last year’s historic Paris Accords, President Francois Hollande of France has announced that all coal plants within his country will close their doors by 2023. Since three-quarters of France runs on nuclear power, ending coal production there…

Is Anyone Scouting DTLK Stock?  Dear reader, what have I been saying through all of 2016? Time and again, I’ve told you to keep an eye out for big mergers and acquisitions (M&A). I’ve repeated this mantra over and over because mergers can offer shareholders monstrous returns in…

Is This Good for Tesla Stock (TSLA Stock)? If you read this publication often, you probably know that I’m a big fan of both Elon Musk and Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA). However, I don’t let that bullishness on Tesla stock (TSLA stock) blind me to the fact that CEO Elon…

Tax Cuts for Apple Stock (AAPL) During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump repeatedly attacked Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) for its business practices. But since the election, Trump has softened his tone on Apple stock (AAPL) and said the company will be “happy” about his plans. As the populist…