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

Could QCOM Stock Keep Growing? QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) has a major tailwind and its name is China—or Chyn-ah! as Donald Trump would say. Increased sales to Xiaomi drove QCOM stock up 17.93% in the last 30 days, which is exactly what I predicted would happen. It’s not that…

Unexpected Boon for FEYE Stock Despite all the hype around cybersecurity, most firms don’t yet consider it a necessary cost of doing business. Just look at FireEye Inc (NASDAQ:FEYE). As the company’s sales growth sputtered to a standstill, the value of FEYE stock collapsed. It didn’t matter that…

Apple TV a Catalyst for AAPL Stock Although shares of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) took a beating last year, investors should take a second look at the upcoming Apple TV set-top box. This could be the best thing to happen to AAPL stock in a long time. There was…

Facebook’s Internet Drone Takes Flight Crazy ideas are a dime a dozen in Silicon Valley, but occasionally, a harebrained scheme is made into reality. Take, for instance, the idea of a solar-powered Internet drone. It sounds like sci-fi, but Facebook Inc’s (NASDAQ:FB) has already had its maiden voyage.…

Are We Doomed to Repeat the 2008 Stock Market Crash? As smoke cleared from the 2008 stock market crash, economists emerged from the wreckage questioning everything they knew. They had believed the stock market was destined for balance, that it tended towards stability, but history showed otherwise. The…

AAPL Stock Faces Serious Challenges Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) fell out of the market’s good graces after it reported lower “iPhone” sales last quarter. Investors took it as a sign of impending doom for AAPL stock, so they trampled over each in a race for the exits. Now it…

AMD Stock Jumped 13% on Friday Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMD) is officially back from the dead. The company, which spent the last few years in the shadows, has finally regained its footing. No wonder AMD stock is up a whopping 112.1% since the start of 2016. The…

Elon Musk Should Keep SpaceX Private Investors have been hungry for a SpaceX IPO (initial public offering) ever since the company achieved suborbital space flight in 2008. Since then, SpaceX has checked quite a few boxes off Elon Musk’s to-do list. However, I don’t think Elon Musk will…

QCOM Stock Jumps 7.5% on Q2 Earnings It’s not polite to gloat, but in my business, it’s sometimes necessary. So, excuse me while I take a victory lap for predicting that QUALCOMM, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:QCOM) relationship with Chinese smartphone makers would provide a tailwind for QCOM stock. The firm’s…

What Price Will YHOO Sell At? After Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) released its second-quarter earnings on Monday, YHOO stock did—well, not much really. The market seems to be holding off on wild swings until CEO Marissa Mayer discloses the details of Yahoo’s auction. Once its core assets are sold…

This Might Be a Threat to INTC Stock To most of the world, Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) is the 800-pound gorilla in the microprocessor market. However, SoftBank’s recent ARM takeover should remind us that there are other players in this market—and some are definitely a threat to INTC stock...…

Apple Music and Other Services a Boon to AAPL Stock Anyone who spent the last year away from the stock market would be shocked at how much the perception of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has shifted. The bears have torn into Apple over the last year. Even Carl Icahn,…

FB Stock Direction Depends on Zuckerberg As Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) evolves into a full-grown conglomerate, the company’s biggest asset is its founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. To put it simply: the 32-year-old billionaire is an essential ingredient for FB stock’s continued upward trajectory. His record is well established.…

Is AAPL Stock Still Worth It? For more than a decade, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) was the gold standard of investing. AAPL stock outperformed the market by several orders of magnitude in that time, delivering capital gains in excess of 919%. It was a spectacular run, driven by the…

The Outlook for MSFT Stock Earnings season is in full swing and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) will be back under the microscope after the closing bell today. A lot of seemingly negative things happened in the second quarter, but MSFT stock could surge if the company beats forecasts. Analysts…

IBM Stock Could Move Heavily on Forward Guidance International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) reports its second-quarter earnings after the closing bell today. Since IBM stock has surged 10.94% in the last three months, the markets are clearly anticipating either strong earnings or solid guidance. IBM is expected to…