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

Shares Rocked by Inovio News Shares of Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:INO) took a beating this week after news broke of an imminent stock offering. Investors dragged the shares down 24% in just two trading sessions, putting the Inovio stock price at $6.01. I understand the concern. Imagine if…

Investors Excited About Sarepta Earnings Report Shares of Sarepta Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: SRPT) are on fire ever since earnings came out on Wednesday, July 19. Investors are clearly excited about the company’s potential. They even celebrated by sending Sarepta stock price up more than 20%. “What’s got them…

The Big Problem for Fitbit It’s been a tough year for Fitbit Inc (NYSE: FIT). Not only did the Fitbit stock price lose more than half its value in the last 12 months, but its main rival went belly up. While that may seem like a positive step…

Bitcoin Prices/Ethereum Prices Rebound Aaaand...they’re back. It hasn’t been too long since they crashed, yet Bitcoin and Ethereum are shooting skyward with resounding force. On Tuesday, for instance, BTC prices shot up 8.85% and ETH prices shot up 33.76%. And just for good measure, Ripple rose 13%. What…

Should You Follow Paul Singer Elliott Management? Investing in the “Paul Singer portfolio” is like throwing a saddle on a shark. It’ll be a wild ride, but you know there’ll be food along the way. This is, after all, the same Paul Singer who took the entire country…

The Man Behind Elliott Management Holdings “All hell will break loose,” sounds more like a cheesy action movie line than an assessment of the U.S. stock market, but what else do you expect from Paul Singer? He is a firebrand, and it’s served him well so far. Just…

Where is Bitcoin Headed? Some analysts refuse to make a Bitcoin price prediction for 2017. They say the “right” words but, when push comes to shove, they don’t give us a concrete Bitcoin price target. I suspect it is because they don’t understand the technology. I made that…

Cerner Founder/CEO Passes Away From Cancer Something weird happened in financial markets this week, namely that Cerner Corporation (NASDAQ:CERN) and “Neal Patterson Cerner” were trending in the financial news. Which is unusual, because Cerner didn’t grow out of Silicon Valley; it's a healthcare IT company based out of…

Is NTDOY Stock Safe? Customers of Nintendo Co., Ltd (OTCMKTS: NTDOY) have a love-hate relationship with the company, which tends to make the stock a little volatile. You can see NTDOY stock spike in one week, and tank in the next. For instance, the Nintendo stock price (USD)…

The Genius of the Baidu Apollo Project The best companies in the world build platforms, not products (see Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), Google—aka Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)—and Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN)). This is true in America and around the world. For example, Baidu Inc. (NASDAQ:BIDU) recently launched the “Baidu Apollo Project”…

Why Bitcoin Prices Are So Volatile Anyone interested in cryptocurrencies has seen strange terms like “Bitcoin split,” “BIP 148 UASF Bitcoin,” and “Bitcoin SegWit.” What do they mean? More importantly, are they connected to the sudden increase in Bitcoin volatility? The short answer to the second question is…

Is There an iPhone in 2027? During the last decade, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) became the most valuable company in the world. AAPL was already a juggernaut at that time, but its release of the "iPhone" took Apple stock price to untold heights. It confounded expectations, growing more than…

Mark Cuban Cryptocurrency Flip-Flop on Bitcoin Bubble Mark Cuban, billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks, was a vocal critic of blockchain technology. He even called Bitcoin a bubble, which gives the impression that he thinks it is all nonsense. And yet the Unikrn eSports ICO tells a different…

Why Is Bitcoin Volatile? Bitcoin prices are not known for their stability, which is odd, considering that the currency’s end goal is to “replace fiat money.” That goal is likely to go unfulfilled if Bitcoin volatility remains this high, because no one holds onto cash that can drop…

Mossberg Gives a Window into MSFT Stock A man called Walt Mossberg retired this year. Don’t worry if that name means nothing to you, because Mossberg isn’t a household name. He is, or rather was, one of the best technology writers around. (First for The Wall Street Journal…

NVIDIA Stock Outlook NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) seems to have read Robert Greene’s 48 Laws of Power because its latest move reminded me of Law #15: "Crush Your Enemy Totally." Not only is this a good thing for NVIDIA stock, but it could single-handedly drive the NVDA stock price…

FB Stock Gets a Lift from Video Expansion Like a lot of companies in Silicon Valley, Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) is throwing money at Hollywood development studios in order to create original content. These Facebook TV shows will be scripted and delivered in episodes, much like those on traditional TV.…

Why Is Ethereum Dropping? An Ethereum flash crash, an internet hoax, and something called Segregated Witness. What do they have in common? Simple. They all answer one question: “Why is Ethereum dropping?” But it’s equally important to remember what question they don’t answer. Namely, “Is Ethereum a good investment?”…