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 AMZN Stock Price Could Reach $1,500 Do you know why I love Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN)? Because it keeps other CEOs up at night (that is not a joke—CEOs have admitted it). Amazon seeks and destroys the competition by providing better products, plain and simple. That is why…

More Data, More Problems Cybersecurity stocks have historically underperformed, because people believed ransomware hacking would never affect them. It only happened to other people, hence spending money on cybersecurity was considered an unaffordable luxury. I think the "WannaCry" ransomware hack in 2017 may have changed that mentality, however... For…

Why Will Priceline Split Its Stock? Shares of Priceline Group Inc (NASDAQ:PCLN) are trading above $1,700 at the moment. And if you think that’s expensive, you are not alone. Many investors are craving a Priceline stock split in 2017. Some of them even want to see it divided…

Will GOOG Stock Split in 2017? If you arrived at this page by searching “Google stock split date 2017,” you’re probably a retail investor. But more importantly, you’re probably upset at Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG). How can you be expected to dish out $920.00 for one share of Google stock?…

Snap Stock Isn’t Really a Threat to FB Stock For more than two years, people have been telling me that Snap Inc (NYSE:SNAP) will topple the king of social media, Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB). During the Snapchat IPO, I wrote that this was ridiculous. Now that the Snap earnings are out, I…

Betting Against Elon Musk Is a Bad Idea A lot of people dislike Elon Musk, and I have no idea why. He built four (yes, FOUR) billion-dollar companies in the last 20 years. He revived the space race, changed the car industry, and led an energy revolution. Oh,…

What Is Considered a Micro-Cap Stock? Those of you that discovered this article by Googling “microcap stocks 2017” may have been searching for penny stocks. You're not alone. Many investors assume that our micro-cap stocks list will be crowded with $2.00 investments, but they will inevitably be disappointed.…

Investing in Clean Energy Stocks Renewable energy stocks are a political football for Democrats and Republicans, but investors should ignore the partisan bickering. The fact is, you can make a lot of money off the top renewable energy companies. Why? Because fossil fuels are doomed in the long…

Are There Any Tech Penny Stocks Under $5? If bull markets are “the rising tide that lifts all boats,” why are there NASDAQ penny stocks under $5.00? Shouldn’t they have swelled past that level by now? After all, the NASDAQ was in a bull market for the last…

Boom or Bust for Marijuana Stocks? Many investors find it hard to distinguish between stock bubbles and booms. That can be discouraging, but don’t let it drive you away from the market. All you need are the right tools. Take the marijuana industry, for example. There is a…

Will GOOG Stock Split in 2017? The older I get, the less certain I am about the future. Chaos is simply too powerful. But there are moments when the future seems obvious, like when Alphabet Inc’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) share price topped $900.00. From that point on, it seemed logical…

Cloudera IPO Shows Renewed Optimism Do you know why tech startups spent the last three years avoiding the public market? It’s because the market was on tenterhooks. Investors were so tense that any hiccup came with a massive drop in the stock price. But that pessimism is coming…

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…