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

Why Spotify IPO Could Be the Next Netflix A lot of investors kicked themselves when Carl Icahn sold his shares in Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX). He made $2.0 billion from a single trade. Why hadn’t they bet on NFLX stock too? It was a colossal mistake, but now they…

Are Tesla Semi Trucks the Right Move? Many words can be applied to Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), but "timid" is not among them. The company is boldly unveiling a line of Tesla semi trucks in September. And we have reason to expect to see a Tesla pickup truck sometime in the…

There Are Precious Few Penny Stocks to Watch in 2017 Investors may find that the market is running short on cheap defense stocks in 2017. Why? Because the best defense penny stocks are already skyrocketing, due to political turmoil around the world, making their share prices unaffordable to…

Apple in 2020: What Will It Look Like? It’s so easy to find forecasts about Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). Almost too easy. Just type “Apple stock predictions 2020” into Google and see what comes up. People throw out all sorts of numbers, but there’s only one number to describe…

Is It Time to Consider Investing in Space Companies? There are people who love Elon Musk’s SpaceX venture, and others who think it’s pie-in-the-sky ridiculous. Regardless of your opinion, there’s one thing for certain: public space companies are on the rise. The best space industry stocks are poised…

The Best Telecom Stocks 2017 Are Overlooked Tech investors have short memories. By which I mean they are obsessed with the latest trend, the hottest company, the easy money. Very few invest in telecom stocks with high dividends, despite the fact that income stocks are a proven pathway…

The Next Catalyst for AMZN Stock Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) is the “King of E-Commerce” and the “King of Cloud Computing”—no analyst worth their salt would contest that fact. But now, we’re seeing Amazon artificial intelligence emerge as the market leader in AI as well, much to the despair…

Should You Consider Marijuana Stocks Under Trump? While it’s unnerving to see marijuana in Donald Trump’s crosshairs, investors should understand that healthcare, trade, and the budget are higher on the president’s policy agenda. “Trump vs Marijuana” is a lower-priority fight, at least from the administration’s perspective. The upward…

Marijuana Stocks Overview Weed is a commonly used substance in North America, yet it remains taboo in most communities. Until very recently, this “sin substance” has been kept in the shadows. But the rise of marijuana stocks is changing everything. Legalisation is sweeping across the nation. Many investors…

Artificial Intelligence in 2017 A war is brewing in Silicon Valley, but not with guns and ammo. This is a conflict of software code; of cutting-edge technology. Companies like Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), and Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) are already locked in an arms race for supremacy in…

What Top Tech Stocks This Month Look Like It’s amazing how much money you can make in 30 days. That thought crossed my mind repeatedly as I reviewed the top tech stocks this month, my computer screen drenched in green. Ten of the best tech stocks for April…

Are We in a Tech Bubble Now? To all the investors worrying about a tech bubble 2017, let me put your mind at ease. The answer is simple: no, we won’t see a tech bubble burst in 2017. Silicon Valley has grown up. There is no great crash…

Should You Buy Biotech Stocks in 2017? The relationship between Donald Trump and biotech stocks is fraught with complications, but it doesn’t mean that biotech stocks are doomed. In fact, the opposite may be true. The biotech stocks index could surge under a Trump Administration. Forget what the…

Augmented Reality vs Virtual Reality The history of technology—much like the history of everything else—is selective. It is a story told by winners. So when forecasting the "augmented reality vs virtual reality" debate, try to imagine the next 10 years. Picture this fight between competing technologies as if…

Should You Invest in Marijuana Stocks? Many investors are hoping to strike it rich by investing in marijuana stocks, but they should think long and hard about that decision. It can be confusing not knowing how to invest in marijuana stocks since there are so many ways to…

Why Invest in Technology Stocks? If you’ve ever wondered if investing in tech stocks is worthwhile, ask yourself one question: what drives economic growth? The answer is obvious: technological advancement. Progress has always come from technology, which is why it makes sense to own the top tech stocks…

FB Stock Predictions Are a Dime a Dozen Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) is no longer the tiny startup looking to “connect the world.” It is a giant corporation with myriad concerns, interests, and investments. Recognizing that Facebook is powerful is the first step toward setting a reasonable FB stock price…

Defense Stocks Trump Effect The top defense stocks for 2017 are still ripe as we reach the end of Q1. This is mostly because of President Donald Trump’s defense budget, which promises the Pentagon an extra $54.0 billion in military spending. Talk about Christmas-come-early. Even though the year…

Our Nasdaq Stocks List Offers Jaw-Dropping Returns Over the last 10 years, the Nasdaq Composite Index crushed the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average. It doubled their performance, in part, because top Nasdaq stocks are more innovative and exciting than those on other exchanges. To take…

Martin Sorrell Predicts Amazon vs. Google Face-Off According to a major advertising CEO, we are nearing an epic showdown between Amazon vs. Google. The CEO’s name is Martin Sorrell (or rather Sir Martin Sorrell), and he runs the biggest advertising agency in the world. He thinks the two…