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 FIT Stock Has Tons of Upside Despite its disastrous performance in 2015, Fitbit, Inc. (NYSE:FIT) could rebound this year. There are several tailwinds for FIT stock, most notably new products and increased spending in the U.S. economy. Fitbit stock could be vastly underpriced. Recently, the company unveiled…

Acquisitions Could Boost TWTR Stock Although Twitter, Inc. (NYSE:TWTR) traversed a rough road in recent years, the company may be able to revive TWTR stock in 2016. Jack Dorsey’s return to Twitter’s helm has refocused the firm, with special attention on its acquisition strategy. Some would argue that…

Could This Crush the Canadian Dollar? After only a few weeks in office, Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, has emerged with a plan to save the crumbling Canadian dollar. Whether it will work or not is a different matter. The CAD to USD exchange rate was a major…

Is China on the Verge of a Major Stock Market Crash? Christmas lights were barely back in the boxes when we saw the first China stock market crash of 2016. The Chinese market crash on January 4 triggered an automatic suspension of trading activity, making it a depressing…

Another Huge Year for AAPL Stock? There is a ton of upside for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), as we begin another year of product releases and dividend increases. Also, I’ve noticed a common thread in rumors about Apple that suggest another massive spike in AAPL stock. The legacy of…

Internet.org Could Help Drive FB Stock Higher Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB), is getting a lot of flack for his side project to bring Internet to the unconnected corners of the world. Despite those complaints, the truth remains that Internet access could help lift millions…

Euro to Dollar Outlook for 2016 Figuring out where the euro to dollar exchange rate is headed in 2016 can be tricky, since much of the news is focused on conflict and drama. In turbulent times of geopolitical strife, important issues about economics get pushed into the backdrop…

Stormy Seas Ahead for the Canadian Dollar Markets absolutely decimated the Canadian dollar in 2015, when low energy prices weighed on Canada’s economy, dragging it into a recession. Now, as we approach the New Year, investors are curious to know what’s ahead for the CAD to USD exchange…

Trashing Elon Musk on Twitter Is a Bad Idea In case you missed it, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos have revived the space race. Both tech billionaires are trying to reduce the cost of space travel by developing reusable rockets, and that’s led to a little bit of…

EUR to USD Parity in 2016 a Possibility This past December could be remembered as the turning point in the euro to dollar exchange rate. Since hindsight looks on the past from a shallow angle, blurring events into a narrative, history could remember this month as the start…

Elon Musk Gives TSLA Stock a Boost Every company working on self-driving cars had better watch out, because it looks like Tesla Motors, Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA) is further along than expected. In a recent interview, Elon Musk let slip an optimistic timeline for driverless technology, leaving shareholders of TSLA…

SpaceX Landing: Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos Round 1 A few weeks ago, I wrote about a little spat between SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and his billionaire frenemy Jeff Bezos. Aside from running Amazon.com, Inc., Bezos owns a space exploration company called Blue Origin. Both entrepreneurs claimed to…

SCTY Stock Forecast for 2016 SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ:SCTY) is back from the dead. To many analysts, it looked like SCTY stock was on the ropes this year, but that all changed last week. The company found its missing link and investors rewarded SolarCity stock with huge gains. It’s…

AAPL Stock May Have Found its Saving Grace Tim Cook, the current chief executive officer (CEO) of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), hasn’t always impressed investors. AAPL stock has performed reasonably well during his tenure, but its growth was nothing compared to that under the legendary Steve Jobs. Maybe it…

GPRO Stock Forecast for 2016 Anyone holding shares of GoPro, Inc. (NASDAQ:GPRO) has suffered enormous losses in 2015. But I’m not giving up on GPRO stock yet. Just because the maker of action-oriented cameras missed expectations doesn’t mean it’s destined for the trash pile. GPRO stock still has…

This Is Big for MU Stock Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU) is getting ready for battle, as competition heats up in the microprocessor space. Micron stock could soar if the company wins, but we need to think carefully about whether it’s equipped for success. After all, a large portion…

SCTY Stock Forecast for 2016 Until very recently, it seemed like SolarCity Corporation (NASDAQ:SCTY) couldn’t catch a break. However, the recent climate change accord out of Paris turned investors bullish on SCTY stock, lifting shares more than 21% in the last week. It could be easy to brush…