Alex Frew McMillan

Alex Frew McMillan is a widely respected and experienced foreign correspondent, having spent more than two decades as a business reporter, feature writer and editor, the last 10 years spent specializing in real-estate coverage. He has worked for some of the most prestigious global media organisations, including CNN, as a business reporter, and Reuters, as the Asia real-estate correspondent.

As a free-lancer, he has written regularly for The New York Times, and is a contributor to TheStreet.com and Forbes. He has also written the occasional piece for publications such as The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, The Australian, the Economist Intelligence Unit and CNBC.

He covered the September 11, 2001 attacks for CNN, writing the first reaction to the disaster from governments around the world, and wrote a series of well-regarded stories about greater China’s property slowdown for Reuters. His real-estate coverage has explained the importance of property trends for institutional investors as well as for individual property owners. He also covered the hedge-fund industry for six years and has focused on alternative as well as personal finance.

Since moving to Hong Kong from New York City 15 years ago, he has devoted himself to coverage of Asia, writing magazine stories and analysis pieces for Asian Investor, the South China Morning Post and the Straits Times, as well as many magazines. He has also made numerous appearances on both television and radio to discuss his work.

With a South African father and British mother, he took up a Morehead Scholarship to study in the United States, one of the best-known merit scholarships in the country, offered to candidates considered to have leadership potential.

He graduated with a degree in Journalism and English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with honors and distinction, and serves as co-chairman of the university's alumni association in Hong Kong. Besides reporting, he is also an avid tennis player, snowboarder and scuba diver, and is a PADI-certified divemaster.

Recent Articles By The Author

Hong Kong Protesters Try to Start a Run on the Banks and the Currency

Hong Kong Protesters Try to Start a Run on the Banks and the Currency

After China's airline regulator put pressure on Hong Kong's main airline, pro-democracy protesters have decided to put pressure on the city's banks.

What Happens if the Tanks Roll Into Hong Kong?

What Happens if the Tanks Roll Into Hong Kong?

With Beijing amassing military hardware on Hong Kong's doorstep, it's worth counting the cost if the People's Liberation Army 'liberates' the city from pro-democracy protesters.

China Pressures Hong Kong Business With Ban on Cathay Pacific Staff Protesters

China Pressures Hong Kong Business With Ban on Cathay Pacific Staff Protesters

Beijing has begun to press Hong Kong businesses to do its bidding in combating the pro-democracy demonstrations in the city with a dubious ruling over staffing flights to China.

Asia's Retailers Undeservedly Punished for Bids to Diversify

Asia's Retailers Undeservedly Punished for Bids to Diversify

Jollibee and Kirin have both branched out in interesting directions, but their shares have been driven down as a result.

China Is a Habitual Currency Manipulator, But Not Now

China Is a Habitual Currency Manipulator, But Not Now

China has fiddled plenty with the yuan, but has let it strengthen significantly since 2005; the U.S. has brought current weakness in the Chinese currency on itself.

Hong Kong's Stocks and China's Yuan Weaken, for Very Different Reasons

Hong Kong's Stocks and China's Yuan Weaken, for Very Different Reasons

A general strike on Monday in Hong Kong finally has hit its stock market, while the yuan has fallen past 7.0 to the U.S. dollar thanks to trade woes.

South Korea Vows Japan Will Not 'Defeat' It Again After Trade War Blow

South Korea Vows Japan Will Not 'Defeat' It Again After Trade War Blow

Japan has followed through on its threat to remove South Korea from its 'white list' of most-favored trade nations. The fight looks set to worsen.

India's Largest Coffee Chain Struggles With Death of Founder

India's Largest Coffee Chain Struggles With Death of Founder

Café Coffee Day entrepreneur V.G. Siddhartha was one of India's first venture capitalists, but leaves a letter blaming heavy financial pressure, his body pulled from a river where he went for a walk.

Ironman Owner Has False Start With Nasdaq Listing

Ironman Owner Has False Start With Nasdaq Listing

The tepid response shown to Wanda Sports Group is at odds with the strong performance of Chinese stock markets, suggesting U.S. listings are not the way for Chinese companies to go.

Shanghai Aims for 'Stars' with New Nasdaq-Style Market

Shanghai Aims for 'Stars' with New Nasdaq-Style Market

Launched Monday, Star Market is riding on big hopes, big money and an 'anything goes' mentality, but some fear it could all end up a black hole for investors.