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

Despite weak gold prices, excess money printed by the world’s central banks could ignite inflation, driving investors to safe haven assets. Policymakers have been using monetary policy as a form of stimulus in recent years, building a house of cards with nothing but paper money. If that paper…

Despite the relentless pullback in energy prices, billionaire T. Boone Pickens is holding firm on his $70.00 price target for crude oil. Prices are currently hovering between $52.00 and $54.00, reflecting a 44% decrease over the last 12 months. (Source: CNBC, July 10, 2015.) Pickens’ comments come in…

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras submitted a last-minute reform package, conceding to many creditor demands in a desperate bid to avert an economic collapse and stock market crash. (Source: The Wall Street Journal, July 10, 2015.) In many ways, the deal bears a resemblance to the one rejected…

As silver prices stagnate, some bullish investors are using unconventional methods to get their hands on the precious metal. Rather than buying mining stocks or exchange traded funds (ETFs), many are hording American Eagle silver bullion coins from the U.S. Mint. (Source: MarketWatch, July 8, 2015.) The Mint…

China’s stock market crashed 30% in the last months, and analysts are unsure whether this selloff is a temporary setback or if it spells doom for China’s economy. What the Shanghai Composite Index lost in market capitalisation over the last month is equal to 15 times Greece’s gross…

As the United States and Iran approach a deal, crude oil dropped by over nine percent on expectations of weaker prices. If sanctions on Iran are lifted and the country reintegrates into the international community, it could add 2.3 million barrels of oil to the global supply. (Source:…

Despite an underwhelming U.S. jobs report and turmoil in Greece, institutional investors are more bearish on gold prices now than at any point in history. With China’s stock market in freefall and Europe on the brink of chaos, many analysts predicted that investors would seek the relative safety…

When celebrity investors like Jim Simons buy a stock, the market follows; pushing the stock higher and forcing average investors to pay a higher price. But Pan American Silver Corp. (NASDAQ/PAAS) dropped by more than five percent on Tuesday, July 7th, meaning that everyone can buy this valuable…

The last few years have not been kind to resource firms—especially to Barrick Gold Corporation (NYSE/ABX). But with China’s stock market crash and Greece halfway out of the eurozone, now may be the perfect moment to buy gold stocks. Gold prices have dropped 11.4% over the last 12…

In an interview for Newsmax TV, former congressman Ron Paul warned that orthodox thinking could lead to a devastating economic collapse in the United States. Dr. Paul is a long-time Libertarian and outspoken critic of America’s interventionist foreign policy. “The government is supposed to provide an environment where…

On Sunday July 5th, Greece’s referendum went in favor of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, prolonging market uncertainty and stoking fears of an economic collapse in the Mediterranean region. With most ballots counted, 61% of the country overwhelmingly voted against an austerity program from the European Union and the…

On Sunday July 5th, Greece citizens will vote on a referendum that may be remembered as the start of a global economic collapse. The referendum comes just days after Greece defaulted on its debt payments to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). (Source: Business Insider, July 3, 2015.) The…

A key leading indicator is suggesting silver prices could soar in the months ahead. You won’t get rich overnight. However, investors who bought silver the last time this happened made an unbelievable 420% return. Let me explain… Silver Price Forecast for 2015 Silver is one of the most…

Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ/MU), America’s largest maker of memory chips drew in far less revenue than expected, prompting a sell-off that sent the stock spiraling more than 18%. (Source: The Wall Street Journal, June 25, 2015.) The company’s stock price cratered early on the morning of Friday, June…

Coming off a record year for initial public offerings (IPOs) in 2014, investors have been anticipating a possible Uber IPO in 2015. Now after a China-based firm invested billions into the car-sharing company, the probability of an IPO just got better. Beijing-based Hillhouse Capital Group is leading the…

Instead of focusing on a possible interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve or a Greek departure from the eurozone, investors should be worried about a U.S. dollar collapse in 2015. At least that is according to former Republican congressman Ron Paul. Dr. Paul contends that America is…

Billionaire Carl Icahn sold his holdings in Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ/NFLX) for $2.1 billion; and he wasn’t shy about what he’s looking at buying next—Apple Inc. (NASDAQ/AAPL). On Wednesday June 24th, Icahn tweeted that his hedge fund “sold last of [their] $NFLX today.”  He added that they “believe $AAPL…

One of the nation’s largest home builders crushed market expectations on Wednesday June 24th, signalling that a housing recovery may be here at long last. Lennar Corp. (NYSE/LEN) posted strong second-quarter earnings of $0.79 per share, up from $0.61 during the same period last year. Revenue growth skyrocketed…

Verizon Communications Inc’s (NYSE/VZ) bid to buy AOL Inc. (NYSE/AOL) wrapped up on Tuesday June 23rd as the company challenges Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. for a piece of the web advertising market. The acquisition cost Verizon $50.00 per share; a necessary expense as the company attempts to…

As the NASDAQ continues soaring to new heights and investors look to flashy new technology stocks, they risk missing huge gains by two proven winners: Google Inc. (NASDAQ/GOOG) and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ/AAPL). The two titans of technology are generally assumed to be mature companies, having already made huge…