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

Is TWTR a Good Investment to Consider Now? If investors time-traveled from 2015 to now, they wouldn’t believe how much social media stocks have changed. Back then, Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) was stuck in Facebook, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:FB) shadow, whereas now Facebook is drowning in the Cambridge Analytica scandal and our…

Aphria Third-Quarter Results Shares of Aphria Inc (OTCMKTS:APHQF, TSE:APH) surged 10% after the company announced its third-quarter results on Monday morning, showing that investors are excited about the company’s momentum. I could copy and paste those numbers here, but a monkey could do that. What you need is…

Trump’s War on Jeff Bezos Although shares of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) broke records in 2017, this year’s growth has been stunted by an ongoing feud with, you guessed it, President Donald Trump. The president’s tweets regularly cause a minor AMZN stock crash. For instance, on March 29, 2018,…

Zuckerberg Goes to Washington The long-awaited showdown between Congress and Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) took place on Tuesday, with CEO Mark Zuckerberg appearing before the U.S. Senate to answer questions about data privacy and Internet regulations. Although many investors worried that Zuckerberg’s testimony would hurt Facebook stock, it actually forestalled…

Ripple News Update Although XRP prices are flashing red this morning, Ripple is actually net positive for the weekend. From its Friday lows to the time of this writing, the XRP to USD exchange rate advanced 5.55%. But that’s not the biggest story in today’s Ripple news update.…

Ethereum News Update Investors tend to panic when international organizations talk about cryptocurrency regulation, but is that really the nightmare scenario? What we have at the moment seems worse. With each country or state striking its own path on crypto regulation, investors are left without a clear sense of…

Ripple News Update The myth of Ripple controlling the XRP Ledger has haunted XRP prices for years, but an upcoming initial coin offering (ICO) might shift those perceptions. What am I talking about? Well, a small Brazilian company called Allvor is launching its own token on the XRP…

Ethereum News Update The first quarter of 2018 was historically bad for ETH prices, according to a recent CoinDesk report, but there’s a silver lining embedded in the data: namely, that ETH recovered from these types of slumps in the past. For instance, Ethereum prices lost 40% in…

Ripple News Update Hopes for an XRP recovery were dashed on Thursday morning as the third-largest cryptocurrency recorded its second consecutive day of losses. On a more positive note, Ripple was hardly alone. The top 25 cryptocurrencies by market cap plunged as well, with the notable exceptions of…

Why Abbvie Stock Crashed  Ask any investor who had money in the stock market last year and they’ll tell you the same thing: 2017 was a good year for equities. CNN Money even called it “the second-oldest and second-strongest” bull market “in history.” The numbers back them up.…

Ethereum News Update As Ethereum prices trended lower on Wednesday morning, my attention was drawn to a Bloomberg report claiming that cryptocurrency hedge funds are facing a “reckoning” in 2018. Are they really? The article says that nine hedge funds have already exited the market, while the rest…

Ripple News Update At a recent conference in South Korea, leaders of the country’s cryptocurrency exchanges—which account for more than 47% of XRP trading activity—said they were considering self-regulating before government officials can take a more aggressive approach. This development is incredibly important for Ripple. Earlier in the…

Ripple News Update Last week, falling XRP prices drowned out what we consider a pretty important announcement: namely, that Uphold, Inc. added XRP functionality to its online platform. For the uninitiated, this means that U.S. investors can buy XRP straight from U.S. dollars. No more waiting for a…

Ethereum News Update Have we reached a bottom? That’s the question on most people’s minds today, as cryptocurrency markets flashed green for the second consecutive trading session. Personally, I’m not convinced. ETH prices face a long winding road to their pre-crisis levels, which means it won’t be a…

Ripple News Update In the last 24 hours, Ripple prices gained four percent while the cryptocurrency market cap added $15.2 billion, demonstrating that investors are feeling particularly generous this Easter Monday. However, the broad trends are still active. One day’s reprieve does not change the fact that cryptocurrencies…

Ethereum News Analysis Two seemingly contradictory things are happening in cryptocurrency markets: 1) Valuations are shrinking, and 2) Blockchain adoption is growing. These trends appear to be in conflict. What exactly is going on? Well, the first thing to remember is you’re not in a nightmare. Ethereum prices…

Ripple News Update Earlier this week, Ripple (the company) joined the Hyperledger Consortium—a Linux Foundation-backed collection of enterprise blockchain companies—in a bid to expand its appeal. It wasn’t alone, either. 13 other companies joined Hyperledger as well, swelling the consortium’s already impressive group of stakeholders. (Source: "Hyperledger Extends…

Ethereum News Update As Ethereum prices shed another 10% on Thursday morning, it seems appropriate to ask big questions: Were Ethereum prices in a bubble? Is that why ETH prices are crashing? Or is there a different explanation? My initial reaction is that, no, Ethereum prices were not…

Ethereum News Update Ever since the dawn of cryptocurrencies, two things have been true: 1) Retail investors are excited about distributed ledgers/blockchain technology, and 2) Institutions are not. Now that paradigm is changing. You don’t have to go back very far to see what I’m talking about. At…