Q&A: Buy HMNY? SMSI’s New Filing, Chart, Trading Action & My Buying

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I’m going to answer some Q&A in this post.

Sorry for flooding you folks with HMNY and SMSI research, but this is how professional analysis is done — comprehensive and in-depth.

If my writing does nothing else, let it serve to demonstrate how much work professionals do on their investments. From this, you can see the information disadvantage that most investors are working under.

You can also understand why a stock doesn’t quickly move to fair value. Many professionals do all of their homework before buying into a stock. I know many people who have been steadily buying into SMSI. In other words, they are not “all rushing in”.

Investing is a serious process and requires serious work to do optimally. Making seven figures annually isn’t easy work (but counting the money sure is fun!).

It can be sad too. I try not to say “I told you so” on days like this, when a stock like HMNY falls 40%. I feel bad for people who lose money, especially in avoidable situations like that one. Getting in and out of HMNY at the right time wasn’t about luck. Heavy research told me exactly what was going on there and everything has played out, NOT “as I predicted”, but “as my research told me”.



HMNY’s Offering: The #1 question coming in pertains to my thoughts on the HMNY offerings. As of last night, this was my thought on how HMNY might react today:


Now that the cat is out of the bag, the thoughts I presented in this morning’s post were just been updated a few minutes ago. If you want the short answer, it’s “continue to stay away”.

I believe that trading $2 HMNY shares for $2 SMSI shares will produce a much better outcome than holding on to HMNY shares. Speaking of which…


Did SMSI Announce An Offering Too? In a word, “NO!”. This morning’s SEC filing simply registers the shares that SMSI issued in a previous offering. This is normal, was expected, and isn’t news. This is pretty clear from reading the filing, but many folks are either too busy, lazy, or daunted to read them.

In conjunction with this morning’s filing, many folks are wondering why SMSI is pulling back instead of shooting straight toward its 52-week high of $3+. There are a few reasons, most of which can be tied back (directly or indirectly) to the filing:

1. The stock dropped more than 5% this morning. I saw many posts inferring that it’s a new offering.

2. That drop broke the stock below the flag formation (a technical chart pattern) that I expected to form. Those who trade of technicals may have chosen to sell out. This is why I don’t like technicals — they cause people to make the wrong fundamental move in favor of a technical move (and miss out on profits, as a result).

Back in the early-90s, I learned this the hard way. Nonetheless, many people still focus on technicals, so I keep an eye on them. For those interested, here’s how I see it now:


Assuming that their recent business momentum continues, I still expect the stock to make its way toward the upper end of this risk/reward channel.

3. Some of the investors who participated in the offering were clearly in it for the quick buck. You could see it in SMSI’s trading action when the deal was announced. The offering involved about 3 million shares and the stock traded 3 million shares over the 3 days that followed.

For the record, I strongly believe that this is the source of the 700,000 share spike in short interest that occurred in March. Participating shareholders often short a stock against the shares they purchase in an offering. They are not supposed to do this, but it produces a quick-flip profit, so many find sneaky ways to do it without getting caught.

In any case, what we’re seeing in the stock now is a normal shifting of ownership from quick-flip shareholders to those who are excited by the story. Assuming SMSI’s business momentum continues, the latter should soon overwhelm the latter, leading to the next leg up in the shares.

In the meantime, I’ve been buying some more shares almost every day since April 11, including today. In fact, the only day that I haven’t bought more shares was Tuesday, when I spent the day volunteer-coaching athletes on the Miami Beach High School Track & Field team 🙂


It adds up to 33,500 shares over the course of the past 8 days. It doesn’t put a dent in my overall portfolio but it’s a welcome addition to the 100s of 1000s of shares of SMSI that I already own.



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6 thoughts on “Q&A: Buy HMNY? SMSI’s New Filing, Chart, Trading Action & My Buying

  1. Hey Mark,

    Thanks for the recent posts recently. I think you are doing us retail investors all a great deed by providing us with your insight and your knowledge. I hope one day that I will be able to contribute to the next generation of investors, once I have accumulated enough to also reach that retirement realm ;).

    Quick question for you though – how much of your portfolio now is SMSI? I know you’ve mentioned you’ve been continuously adding to your position throughout the past couple of months, but how do you know how much of your portfolio to allocate to such a play? Myself, I’ve allocated about 20% in to this, but I’ve set a rule to only go up to 20% on each individual play. What are your personal benchmarks for position sizing?

    Thanks again, looking forward to your thoughts.


    1. As a guideline, your maximum allocation to anyone stock should be determined by your total net worth.

      When I had $25,000, my maximum allocation was 80%. Now, it’s obviously lower. 😂 every person needs to decide for themselves. Cheers.


      1. well said… I use a similar but slightly different guide. Allocation should be determined by your income. For example, if you can generate $50,000 in net income per year to put towards stock (call it “replacement cost”), then your replacement cost of losing $4,167 is one month of work. Now if my portfolio size is $10,000… I may be willing to go 100% in, because my replacement cost is 2 1/2 months of work.

        But if say 10% of portfolio is $100,000 that’s 2 years of work to replace a loss and 20 years of work to replace it all! I don’t have a clear formula I can share but you get the ideal… when my net worth far exceeds my income, I play it more carefully but when net worth is a fraction if income, you can play it much riskier.

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