Ep21: Asif Khan – Value Traps: Bargain Hunters Beware!

Asif Khan is the Managing Partner at EDGE Research & Consulting Limited, an independent equity research provider based out of Bangladesh which caters to foreign institutional investors.

Prior to starting EDGE in early 2018, Asif had worked in both buy and sell side roles for around 9 years. Around 4.5 years were spent with an Emerging Markets fund called Caravel Management LLC where he looked at South Asian equities. Later he made a career switch to sell side where among other roles he worked for Exotix Capital, a frontier market focused investment bank based in London

In this episode, Asif shares his worst investment ever story, buying cheap value traps when he tried growing his portfolio, and not building up a diversified portfolio of good quality companies.


“Any stock that is not cheap looked expensive in my model. And I ended up buying value traps. Whereas, I could have bought the best stocks out there.”

– Asif Khan



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Topics Covered: 

01:46 – Asif Khan’s professional and investment background, actively engaged with CFA Institute in Bangladesh

03:56 – His worst investment story: falling prey to value traps, hunting for a bargain

06:05 – Being aware that it is not sustainable when you raise interest rates to solve inflation or currency problems.

08:14 – Summary of the lessons Asif learned from the experience

09:29 – Andrew’s takeaways from Asif Khan’s story lost

13:01 – Asif’s actionable advice: Build your proper valuation model.


Main Takeaways

  • Lesson 1: “Human being feel more paid when things come down.”- Asif Khan
  • Lesson 2: “Really understand how to form a proper Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) model.”- Asif Khan
  • Lesson 3: “Keep in mind that a lot of things are cyclical – interest rates, inflation, even economic activity like GDP growth, those indicators as well…just being aware can help one avoid the mistakes. ”- Asif Khan
  • Lesson 4: “When we’re doing a calculation were the inputs that we’re putting into that calculation for the valuing of a stock using any DCF or Discounted Cash Flow model is ultimate to infinity. I think one of the mistakes that people make is that when interest rates are low, they tend to input very low discount rate and when it rates your high, they intend to input a very high discount rate and therefore they’re missing the point that that discount rate needs to be applied to those cash flows over the next let’s say 20 years.” – Andrew Stotz
  • Lesson 5: “Always make sure that we are keeping ourselves up to date and making sure our calculations and assumptions are structured right.” – Andrew Stotz
  • Lesson 6: “Build a diversified portfolio of good quality companies.” – Andrew Stotz


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About the author, Andrew

Dr. Andrew Stotz, CFA is the CEO of A. Stotz Investment Research, a company that provides institutional and high net worth investors with ready-to-invest stock portfolios that aim to beat the benchmark through superior stock selection.

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