Remembering Jeff Miller

We were so sad to learn over the weekend that our long-time author and all-around excellent analyst, Jeff Miller, has passed away. His son sent this note:

It’s Derek again. My dad, Jeff Miller, died on May 7, 2021. It was a total shock. Even though he had been hospitalized for over two months, all indications were that he was recovering steadily. Just the day before, he had been deemed stable enough to be transferred out of a step-down hospital and into a rehab facility. We really thought the worst was behind us.

With that in mind, I apologize for the delay in reporting the bad news. It’s been difficult to sit down and write about his passing. But you, his faithful readers, deserve to know how much you meant to him.

I feel like this cliché gets thrown around a lot, but I can only describe my dad’s writing as a labor of love. For about as long as I can remember, he dedicated almost every Saturday to drafting the latest installment in his Weighing the Week Ahead series. Often, he wouldn’t be happy with what he’d written until two or three in the morning.

Jeff undertook that great effort because he keenly appreciated that so many of you valued and relied on his insight—of which, I would argue, he offered more than “a dash.” Perhaps his favorite part of this process was engaging with the thoughtful comments many of you would leave each week (he even had some fun dismissing the not-so-thoughtful comments).

Moreover, Jeff cherished the relationships he formed as his readership grew. That much is as true for readers who became clients, as it is for peers who became his regular sources, as it is for those featured in his “Best of the Week” section.

In a media landscape riddled with ill-informed punditry, fearmongering, and misinformation, Jeff was one of a few level-headed and reasonable voices—and he knew it. We are all worse off to have lost him.

Because there is so much to be gained from his work on this site, I intend to keep it up and running for as long as possible.

I never met Jeff in person but I've "known" him since I began editing him at Seeking Alpha in 2008, and was happy when he came with us to TalkMarkets in our earliest days more than seven years ago. I really can't put it any better than Derek said; "In a media landscape riddled with ill-informed punditry, fearmongering, and misinformation, Jeff was one of a few level-headed and reasonable voices." That voice of sanity was important to me in the midst of the financial crises of 2008, and has never been more important than in the last few years. 

We will miss his thoughtful approach to 'weighing the week ahead,' his refusal to take the easy answer or the low road, and his determined efforts to show the good as well as the bad in the markets. All the team here at TalkMarkets send our sincere condolences to his family and to his many readers.

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James Hanshaw 3 years ago Contributor's comment

That was a shock. Like many I looked for to Jeff's weekly insights about the week ahead.

My condolences and best wishes to those close to him. James

Sandra Sinclaire 3 years ago Member's comment

I feel the same. I can't believe he's gone... Rest in Peace!

Dan Jackson 3 years ago Member's comment

I've been reading Jeff's fine work for years here. This news is such a shock. He leaves big shows that won't be easy to fill

Sheryl Morris 3 years ago Member's comment

Such a loss for not only TalkMarkets, but for the entire financial industry. He will be missed.