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's Stock Bloodbath on Thursday Should Be a Lesson to Investors

Hong Kong's Stock Bloodbath on Thursday Should Be a Lesson to Investors

The Lord is said to work in mysterious ways and so does the Hong Kong stock market, where the reasons behind wild swings in individual stocks are often hard to nail down.

Brexit, Tech and Trade War: A Triple-Threat Investment

Brexit, Tech and Trade War: A Triple-Threat Investment

Data Center operator Global Switch is prepping to list in Hong Kong. Here is why it could be a choice global investment opportunity.

Home Buyer Abandons Major Downpayment in Savage Hong Kong Selloff

Home Buyer Abandons Major Downpayment in Savage Hong Kong Selloff

2 Hong Kong housing market fiascos demonstrate how sentiment has declined.

5 Tokyo Stocks to Target in 2019 (Part 2)

5 Tokyo Stocks to Target in 2019 (Part 2)

These names round out the list of 10 Japanese stocks that promise solid growth in the year ahead.

5 Tokyo Stocks to Target in 2019 (Part 1)

5 Tokyo Stocks to Target in 2019 (Part 1)

These 5 names are expected to have good growth in 2019, with solid expansion projected in the domestic Japanese economy this year.

Investors in Asia Cheer First Face-to-Face Talks to End Phony Trade War

Investors in Asia Cheer First Face-to-Face Talks to End Phony Trade War

While China appears to be suffering particularly sharply from the effects of tariffs, the U.S. economy is also slowing down.

Cathay's First-Class Blunder a Blessing in Disguise

Cathay's First-Class Blunder a Blessing in Disguise

Cathay Pacific has shown a mastery of public relations by owning an error that saw it sell first-class tickets at a fraction of their real price.

5 Stocks to Watch as China Talks Tough on Taiwan

5 Stocks to Watch as China Talks Tough on Taiwan

Put these names on your radar if relations with Taiwan take a turn for the worse, or (let's hope) for the better.

Asia's Largest Stock Markets Lick Their Wounds, But for How Long?

Asia's Largest Stock Markets Lick Their Wounds, But for How Long?

If the trade talks do yield results that both Presidents Xi and Trump can trumpet, sentiment in China could swiftly shift and its markets could rebound.

Will This Cold War With China Get Hot in 2019?

Will This Cold War With China Get Hot in 2019?

President Trump is considering an executive order declaring a national state of emergency over the risk of spying by China. Here is what is could mean and who could be affected.