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

Less than a decade after the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression, over-zealous central bankers are risking a second economic collapse. The continuous credit creation and rock-bottom interest rates in the U.S., China, the EU, and Russia are meant to incentivize lending, but really they are engineering…

Despite spectacular growth over the last 25 years, the Chinese economy may be headed for an economic collapse after the government’s inept handling of a stock market crash. The Shanghai Composite Index fell by nearly 30% since June 12th, a decline precipitated by regulatory changes in China’s financial…

There’s a secret way to take advantage of an upswing in gold, with potential for huge returns. But no one in the media will tell you about it. Gold prices have been in decline since the summer of 2011; we all know that. The yellow metal fell over…

Although the U.S. labor market has seen steady declines in unemployment, wage growth has ground to a near standstill, suggesting the U.S. economy is far less stable than commonly believed. The Employment Cost Index edged only 0.2% in the second quarter; the smallest gain since the index was…

On June 29, 2015, NEP Group, Inc. filed documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in preparation for its upcoming initial public offering (IPO). The company plans to begin trading on July 31, 2015. Here’s what investors need to know about the NEP Group IPO. Who is…

In preparation for its upcoming initial public offering (IPO), the North Carolina-based Riverbanc Multifamily Investors Inc. revealed a price target and presumed launch date of July 31, 2015. Here’s what investors need to know about the upcoming Riverbanc IPO. Who is Riverbanc? Riverbanc is an investment firm that…

China’s stock market crash in June 2015 forced capital markets to question the country’s supposed infallibility. It also reminded investors that despite rapid growth in the far East, the United States remains the largest and most secure economy in the world. There were reports last December that China’s…

On Thursday July 16th, NantKwest (NASDAQ/NK), a healthcare provider producing cancer therapies, filed its initial public offering (IPO) documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Here’s what investors need to know about the upcoming NantKwest IPO. Who is NantKwest? NantKwest is the 51st healthcare company to go…

Despite the massive outflow of capital from commodities, a leading indicator suggests that silver prices are about to skyrocket. The last time silver priced approached $50.00 per ounce, it was preceded by a corresponding rise in this key metric. The grey metal has depreciated by over 30% in…

It’s been a scary two weeks for silver investors, with prices in free fall as investors run away from commodities. The entire precious metal category is suffering, but there’s a— dare I say it—“silver lining” to keep you from getting caught in the panic. The grey metal has…

The NASDAQ Composite Index opened the trading session lower on Friday, July 24th, down 6.5 points or 0.31%. Lagging pessimism from Greece’s debt crisis hung over the market, as did an underwhelming earnings report from Apple Inc. (NASDAQ/AAPL). America’s technology exchange fell by 1.39% during the week, including…

As the S&P 500 continues to shatter records, an indicator used by billionaire Warren Buffett suggests a stock market crash is coming. The ‘Oracle of Omaha’ has followed this metric several times and it’s helped him build enormous wealth. Right now, the indicator is reaching alarming levels, a…

As the Greek debt crisis winds down, world markets are reverting to business as usual without acknowledging a fundamental truth: Greece was only the beginning. Many countries have used nothing but debt to fuel their growth, laying the groundwork for a mega-sized economic collapse. A key study by…

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says inflation went up by 0.3% in June, solidifying market expectations that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates this year. The BLS released its monthly Consumer Price Index report on Friday July 17th. The CPI is calculated by tracking the prices…

Despite the decline of silver prices in recent months, a key leading indicator is suggesting that silver prices might skyrocket in the months ahead. Silver investors who bought the precious metal the last time this metric peaked made an astonishing 420% return. You won’t get rich overnight. But…