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

Crosshairs Shift From Facebook to Google Last week, The Wall Street Journal alleged that Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)—aka Google—had mismanaged user data by letting third-party developers scan "Gmail" accounts. As such, we’ll need to consider how these privacy concerns might affect our GOOG stock forecast for 2019. Here’s the story in…

Cryptocurrency News & Market Summary Investors finally saw some light at the end of the tunnel last week, with cryptos soaring across the board. No one quite knows what kicked off the rally—as it could have been any of the stories we discuss below—but the net result was…

DOMO Stock IPO Had a Rough Landing Since optimism is the resting pulse of Silicon Valley, I tend to read most press releases with a sprinkling of salt. However, I didn’t need any for last week’s DOMO stock initial public offering (IPO), given that the market was deeply…

“Techlash” Threatens Most Tech Stocks Ever since the term “fake news” entered the zeitgeist, public opinion has turned against Silicon Valley’s most famous inhabitants. Customers are upset at Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) for its abuse of private data, at Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)—aka Google—for its secret deals with the Pentagon, and at salesforce.com,…

TRXC Stock Price Crashes Market watchers saw surgical robot maker Transenterix Inc (NYSEAMERICAN:TRXC) fall by double-digits last week, but that drop is useless without context. So allow me to provide a little background before getting to my TransEnterix stock forecast. The first thing you should know: TRXC stock…

Marijuana IPOs to Consider Post-Legalization A lot of digital ink has been spent on marijuana legalization—and with good reason. Legal cannabis is among the fastest-growing industries in the world, with new stocks popping up almost every week. To take advantage of this mega-trend, we’re looking at two upcoming…

Roche Takeover Ignites FMI Stock Rally Biotech stocks continued to outperform last week, with one standout in particular catching my eye. I’m talking, of course, about Foundation Medicine Inc (NASDAQ:FMI). You might have noticed its shares jump 29% in a single trading session. In this report, we’ll take a…

Another Crypto Hack Derails Recovery Since our last report, hackers broke into yet another cryptocurrency exchange. This time the target was Bithumb, a Korean exchange known for high-flying prices and ultra-active traders. While the hackers made off with approximately $31.5 million in funds, the exchange is working with…

Did Netflix Cause the AT&T Time Warner Merger? Chaos—absolute chaos—was the consequence of a recent court decision allowing AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) to acquire Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX). Traders started whipsawing prices, analysts cranked out DCF models, and TV pundits declared it a "total and complete victory for AT&T.”…

Google Antes Up e-Commerce Gamble Regardless of how you feel about technology stocks, everyone can agree that Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)—formerly known as Google—is one of the greatest investment stories of our time. The numbers don’t lie. Quick arithmetic reveals that anyone who invested $10,000 in 2004 would have more…

Bloom Energy Submits S-1 Filing There’s good news for initial public offering (IPO) watchers this week as Silicon Valley darling Bloom Energy Corporation declared its intention to go public. Although we don’t yet have a Bloom Energy IPO date, there are plenty of questions we can answer by…

Cryptocurrency News On the whole, cryptocurrency prices are down from our previous report on cryptos, with the market slipping on news of an exchange being hacked and a report about Bitcoin manipulation. However, there have been two bright spots: 1) an official from the U.S. Securities and Exchange…

Trump on Marijuana Stocks In the past two weeks, President Donald Trump squabbled with G7 allies and traversed half the globe to negotiate with the “Little Rocket Man” of North Korea. But, believe it or not, we’re most interested in something he said before any of that happened.…

Bill C-45 Inches Closer to Completion Last week, investors were jumpy over Canada’s path to nationwide pot legalization—but it turns out they needn’t have worried. Before we get into Canada’s political battles of cannabis and how it affects marijuana stocks, I want to address why we’re talking about…

Why AXON Stock Surged by 315% When a stock explodes upward, it draws the eyes of every analyst and trader. We watch its ascent, spellbound and eager to ride the wave. But what happens when the fuel runs dry? That’s the question we’re asking about Axovant Sciences Ltd…

The Story of TGOD Stock, According to Its CEO For the last year, marijuana stocks were the hot new destination for investment capital. But as they became overcrowded with speculation and hype, investors started to look for hidden gems: the rare, valuable, hard-to-find stocks that can turn rags…