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

Canopy-Constellation Deal Gets Bigger Marijuana stocks were hurt this week by delays in the rollout of Ontario’s private-sector legal weed market, which will only allow brick-and-mortar retailers to sell cannabis starting in April 2019 (instead of October 2018). However, there was some good news as well, namely the…

Cryptocurrency News While headline numbers look devastating this week, investors might take some solace in knowing that cryptocurrencies found their bottom at roughly $189.8 billion in market cap—that was the low point. Since then, investors put more than $20.0 billion back into the market. During the rout, Ethereum…

California: The Land of Opportunity Although marijuana headlines tend to focus on Canada, investors should occasionally turn their attention back to the biggest state in the union: California. There are a lot of formidable companies coming out of the Golden State, which for years was famous around the…

Elon Musk Tweets: The Backstory Should Elon Musk stop tweeting? Believe it or not, that’s the question investors are asking as shares of Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) continue to drop. It’s a good question too, given that TSLA stock has stumbled ever since the famous CEO started his 280-character…

CRON Stock: An Unloved Pioneer Investors and analysts were elated when Canopy Growth Corp (NYSE:CGC) listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). They even rewarded CGC stock with a healthy premium. Yet Cronos Group Inc (NASDAQ:CRON), which listed on the Nasdaq months before, is down 23% since…

Aurora Stock History When it comes to marijuana stocks, it is hard to find a stranger story than Aurora Cannabis Inc (OTCMKTS:ACBFF, TSE:ACB). The Vancouver-based company spent billions of dollars on acquisitions, choosing to swallow rivals and build market share rather than build its own production facilities. And…

Two Cannabis Companies Going Public Marijuana companies are going public at a dizzying rate this year. Blink and you might miss an initial public offering (IPO). No need to worry though, because here's some fresh information about two upcoming marijuana stock IPOs: Dixie Brands and Vireo Health Inc.…

Cryptocurrency News Even though the cryptocurrency news was upbeat in recent days, the market tumbled after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rejected calls for a Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF). That news came as a blow to investors, many of whom believe the ETF would open…

Innovative Industrial Properties “What’s your favorite marijuana stock?” is something I get asked all the time. People expect me to say Canopy Growth Corp (NYSE:CGC) or Aurora Cannabis Inc (OTCMKT:ACBFF, TSE:ACB), given that those are two of the biggest marijuana stocks on the market. However, I always come…

Why NFLX Stock Crashed Over the last four weeks, Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) lost $36.9 billion in value when the market turned against tech stocks. However, fear wasn’t evenly spread among the FANG stocks: Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), Netflix, and Google—now Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG). Only two of…

Alcohol Companies Enter Marijuana Market When a new industry is born, big corporations come knocking—it’s a fundamental law of the business universe. We’ve seen this happen most recently in the marijuana market, where pot stocks are partnering with big alcohol and beverage companies. One of them could become…

$140.0 Billion in Lost Market Value The weather in Silicon Valley must be strange at the moment, because while the majority of tech stocks are soaring, dark and ominous clouds hang over Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) and Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR). Second-quarter earnings were terrible for both FB stock and…

GOOG Stock Jumps on Q2 Earnings As we come to the end of earnings season, tech stocks are a mixed bag: some are flying high, while others (I’m looking at you Mark Zuckerberg!) are coming apart at the seams. Shareholders of Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)—also known as Google—have nothing to…

Canadian Pot Stocks Five years ago, no one would have guessed that marijuana would become the hottest sector of the stock market (aliens landing on the moon would have been more likely). However, now that we’ve seen Canadian pot stocks rise by 200% and 300%, there’s no denying…

Acreage Holdings IPO: What You Need to Know Another day, another marijuana stock initial public offering (IPO)—except this time it’s a high-profile entry: Acreage Holdings stock. I'll cover all the details you need to know about the upcoming Acreage Holdings IPO, which has no fixed date yet. The…

Is Tesla Moving to China? Despite rising tensions in the U.S.-China trade war, Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) is putting all its hopes on expansion in the Middle Kingdom. The first step, a Tesla China factory, has already been signed, sealed, and...well, not delivered quite yet, but it should be by…

Cryptocurrency News Cryptocurrencies traded sideways since our last report on cryptos. However, I noticed something interesting when playing around with Yahoo! Finance’s cryptocurrency screener: There are profitable pockets in this market. Incidentally, Yahoo’s screener is far superior to the one on CoinMarketCap, so if you’re looking to compare…

Looking Back on the AT&T Time Warner Merger When I first heard about AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) acquiring Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX), I thought both sides could benefit from the deal. A recent interview with AT&T CEO John Stankey has me rethinking that position—and reevaluating my AT&T stock forecast. The…