Core Competencies:

  • Idea Generation
  • Buyside-to-Buyside Calls / Introductions
  • Unique Idea Forums
  • Bull vs. Bear Synopses
  • Stock Sentiment Surveys
  • Portfolio Monitoring

Why clients value MYST?

  • Integrity / Reputation
  • Client-Focused / Service-Oriented
  • Long-term Partnership Mentality
  • Market Savvy (“Stock Guys”) / Experienced
  • Top Quality / Enjoyable Events
  • Custom Solutions

Client Testimonials

“MYST is 1 of only 3 Sell-side Firms whose Emails I actually allow to come directly to my Inbox.”

“MYST is a Great Solution for me and the Buyside Audience is always sharp!”

“MYST is our Best resource for understanding the Short Theses on the stocks that we own.”

“MYST Gatherings: 1) Have 1-2 bona fide Ideas worth working on and can clue you in to what is crowded both Long and Short; 2) Generate healthy Debate on ideas in many sectors; 3) Help build the Mosaic on the other side of the coin and make sure you get the Behavioral Approach of the Bulls and Bears.”

“A BIG THANKS for helping us better understand the Consensus View on Stock A.  Your calls on Stock B and Stock C were great too.  We appreciate your value.”

Annual Idea Generation

Year # of Events Long Ideas Short Ideas Total Presented Ideas Active Ideas * Total Ideas
2016 5 28 24 52 0 52
2017 19 129 68 197 223 420
2018 19 129 61 190 267 457
2019 18 108 69 177 270 447
2020 18 146 51 197 203 400
2021 23 178 74 252 151 403
2022 11 85 42 127 63 190
Total 113 803 389 1,192 1,177 2,369

* Stocks we have: 1) Hosted Calls w/ clients, 2) Updates, or 3) Brief Long / Short Writeup

CSA Trading Partners


Miko Y.S. Tam, CFA CEO / Founder

Miko is the Founder of MYST Advisors and has over 25 years of experience leading and growing numerous businesses. Most recently, Miko was the Head of NY Institutional Equity Sales at Sterne Agee where he was instrumental in recruiting and managing employees throughout the organization and helped grow revenues from $100M to ~$500M from 2007 to 2016. Prior to Sterne Agee, Miko spent 4 years at Oppenheimer & Co. and 3 years at CIBC World Markets as a Managing Director where he led the largest producing team. Miko began his career in Institutional Research Sales at Merrill Lynch in 1995. Prior to Wall Street, Miko was a Top Producer and District Manager at Vector Marketing Corp before moving on to Andersen Consulting as a Senior Consultant. Miko received his MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and a BS in Aerospace Engineering & BA in Economics from Brown University where he also played Varsity Baseball. Miko is a CFA Charter Holder since 1999.
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Michael D. Flanagan Partner / Co-Founder

Michael is a Co-founder of MYST Advisors and brings nearly 30 years of investment experience to the firm. From 2008 to 2016 he was a Managing Director in the Institutional Equity Sales division of Sterne Agee where he worked with Mr. Tam and Mr. Sudnow. During his tenure at Sterne Agee, Michael was critical in growing the firm’s Equity Division from ~$10M to over $100M. Prior to Sterne Agee, Michael spent 4 years at Fox Pitt-Kelton where he helped grow the firm’s West Coast presence. From 1994 to 2004, Michael was a Vice President at Neuberger Berman Investment Management until the firm was acquired by Lehman Brothers. He began his Institutional Research Sales career at Paine Webber. Michael received his BA from St. Lawrence University and lives in Darien, CT with his wife and 3 children.
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Howard Sudnow Partner

Howard is a Partner at MYST Advisors with over 30 years of Capital Markets experience having held positions in Investment Banking, Equity Trading, and Research Sales. Prior to joining MYST he was a Managing Director of Institutional Sales at Seaport Global, and from 2013 to 2016, he served in a similar role at Sterne Agee where he gained recognition for coordinating valuable industry Idea Events. Prior to Sterne Agee, Howard worked at Think Equity Partners and at MSCI Barra, a Division of Morgan Stanley, overseeing Hedge Fund Sales. Howard received his MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Penn., and a BA from Franklin & Marshall College.
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Brett Silverman Partner

Brett joined MYST Advisors in 2019 and brings over 15 years of buyside Investment and Trading experience to the Firm. From 2015 to 2019 Brett was the Head Trader for Calixto Global Investors and was previously the Head TMT Sector Trader at George Weiss Associates from 2013 to 2014. Brett began his Buyside Trading career at Tiger Management in 2006 where he worked on the firm’s internal centralized trading desk serving several “Tiger Cubs”. He was introduced to financial services in 2002 as a member of Merrill Lynch’s Wealth Management Division. Brett earned his BS from the University of Florida and currently resides in Darien, CT.
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Adam C. Merlo Partner

Adam joined MYST Advisors as a Partner in 2021 and brings nearly 22 years of Investment experience to the firm. Most recently, Adam was a Director at KeyBanc Capital Markets, where he was instrumental in expanding the firm’s NY Hedge Fund Business and helped to streamline content distribution. From 2007 to 2016, he was a Managing Director at Sterne Agee, along with Mr. Tam, Mr. Flanagan and Mr. Sudnow. While at Sterne Agee, Adam played a critical role in the Equity Division’s robust revenue growth and was influential in recruiting sales partners and research analysts. Prior to Sterne Agee, Adam spent several years at Oppenheimer & Co. (with Mr. Tam) and began his Institutional Research Sales career at Bear Stearns in 2000. Adam graduated Cum Laude from Georgetown University, with a Major in Finance and Minor in Studio Art, and lives in Weehawken, NJ with his wife and dog.
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