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

Forget ESPN, DIS Stock Is Amazing The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) has taken a lot of flack over subscriber losses at its flagship network, ESPN. But don’t panic yet, because Disney stock has much more going for it than one network, even if it is ESPN. DIS stock…

Goldman Sachs Stock Could Soar on Bitcoin-Like Patent There are few certainties in this world, but one of them is that The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE:GS) will always be one step ahead of the pack. That is an unflinching truth that will keep GS stock atop the…

The Next Decade for Apple Stock The upside for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is huge if the company makes proper use of its extensive cash reserves. Using its deep pockets, the company could launch AAPL stock through the roof by handing more value back to shareholders. Apple stock has…

Don’t Bet on the Euro to Dollar Exchange Rate The euro to dollar exchange rate did something really strange this week, as investors showed mixed feelings for Europe’s outlook. European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi unveiled a new stimulus package to aid Europe’s flailing economy, but it…

Could TWTR Stock Catch Up to Facebook? The return of co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey to Twitter, Inc. (NYSE:TWTR) could spell enormous returns for TWTR stock. Dorsey is pushing for a series of reforms to the company’s operations that mimic earlier actions taken at Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB). If…

Don’t Worry, FB Stock Is Safe Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) has taken some very nasty blows recently, mostly because of insider sales. Two big owners of FB stock, Jan Koum and Marc Andreessen, recently cashed out. Rest assured, those sales of Facebook stock don’t make a trend. A lot…

Could Microsoft Corporation Beat Apple Inc.? With last quarter’s breakout performance, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) showed a renewed sense of purpose. The outline of a firm strategy appeared, lifting MSFT stock and posing a threat to the world’s largest company, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). These two firms have a long…

Is YHOO Stock Ready for a Turnaround? Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) is fast approaching its tipping point. Yahoo! stock has continuously dropped under the leadership of CEO Marissa Mayer, but recent developments point to a resurgence of YHOO stock. The story of Marissa Mayer is so disappointing. I was…

Is MU Stock Set to Skyrocket? Although shares of Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU) have tumbled in recent months, the maker of microprocessors is due for a comeback. MU stock is trading at a steep discount to its true value. To begin with, the decline in semiconductor stocks sprang…

Earn Retirement Income with These High Yielders? Almost all investors are on the hunt for a quality retirement income with a big dividend yield to pad their portfolio. But I ask, why stop at one when there are so many great dividend stocks on the market? Thanks to…

What Does the Future Hold for SQ Stock? Despite a successful first day of trading, Square, Inc. (NYSE:SQ) still has a long way to go before it can rule the payments market. From “Apple Pay” to Bitcoin, the shift toward digital payments has become a mass migration, leaving…

EUR/USD Exchange Rate Could Plunge in 2016 The euro to dollar exchange rate has shown weakness in 2015, setting the stage for deeper losses in the EUR/USD. As we head into 2016, Europe is struggling to starve off economic collapse, while the dollar is catching a bit of…

Mark Zuckerberg Talks About His Vision for Facebook, Inc. What’s next for Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB)? After having taken over the social media world, Mark Zuckerberg finds himself under pressure to increase returns for Facebook stock. Luckily for FB stockholders, Zuckerberg is not short on ideas. As the founder…

How High Can Jack Ma Lift Alibaba Stock? Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NASDAQ:BABA) is the only company that poses a real threat to Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN). Till now, many investors simply viewed BABA stock as an internationally diversified version of Amazon stock, but that perception is increasingly outdated.…

The Upside for Tesla Stock This hasn’t been a great year for Tesla Motors, Inc. (NASDAQ:TSLA), but things may be looking up for TSLA stock in 2016. It looks like a lot of Tesla’s investments could bear fruit in the coming months, meaning that both earnings and Tesla…

Netflix Stock Depends on These 7 Shows As I wrote earlier this week, Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) has a brilliant strategy to shut out the competition. The insurance for a higher NFLX stock price is the company’s original content strategy. By putting out great, exclusive shows, the company put…

Original Content Could Be Huge for Netflix Stock Knowing that its rivals are closing in, Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) is ramping up its original content strategy. Creating its own content has worked wonders for NFLX stock, especially with the company’s early success with House of Cards. I’m a firm…