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

With the June 30 deadline for Greece’s debt payment fast approaching and markets beginning to panic, Angela Merkel is taking a hard line against Greek negotiators. On Thursday June 18, the German Chancellor insisted that concessions be made from Greece in order to restart the flow of funds…

Uber and Lyft are two of Silicon Valley’s hottest startups, but a recent legal decision may upend their entire business model. The California Labor Commission issued a ruling that rideshare drivers are employees, not contractors. The decision could have far-reaching implications, not just for Uber and Lyft, but…

The powerful Federal Open Markets Committee (FOMC) appeared conflicted on Wednesday June 17, holding interest rates steady at historic lows while foreshadowing two rate rises later this year. Moderate improvements in the housing sector and household spending were offset by an unchanged level of unemployment. Inflation remained below…

Cisco Inc. is looking to mend its troubled relationship with the Chinese government by pouring $10.0 billion into local investments and partnerships, a long-term strategy meant to insulate the company’s earnings from a downturn in Western economies. The plan was announced on Wednesday, June 17 by incoming CEO…

The most important instrument in the European Central Bank’s (ECB) crisis-fighting tool chest has been approved by the EU’s highest court, giving authorities the equipment they need to fight a potential financial crisis in Europe. On Tuesday, June 16th, in a precedent setting decision, the EU’s highest court…

On Tuesday, June 16, Fitbit Inc. raised the target price of their initial public offering (IPO), indicating growing optimism over fitness tracking technology. The unconventional branch of hardware products is targeted towards a new breed of data-hungry consumers. Since 2007, the San Francisco-based company has sold 20.5 million…

The Bank of China will become the eighth member of an exclusive group that controls the daily price of gold. Many analysts believe the move is part of a broader push into global markets; a concerted effort by the People’s Republic to raise the profile of the yuan.…

Goldcorp Inc. (NYSE/GG), the world’s largest producer of gold, has sold its 26% stake in Tahoe Resources Inc. (NYSE/TAHO). The Vancouver-based mining company offered 58.1 million shares at CDN$17.20 apiece, bringing the total sale to CDN$998.5 million. (Source: The Wall Street Journal, June 16, 2015.) GMP Securities and…

Shares for Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ/CMCSA) edged higher today after the blockbuster release of Jurassic World. The film had the best opening weekend of all time, grossing $500 million worldwide, with $204.6 million coming solely from the United States. The commercial success of the movie is a timely boon…

Negotiations between Greece and its European creditors fell apart on Sunday as delegates came to an impasse over spending cuts. To fund the interest payments on its debt to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Greece must find a resolution before June 30, 2015. The European Union (EU) ceased…