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

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.

Japanese Box Office Shows Signals of Rising Economic Confidence

Japanese Box Office Shows Signals of Rising Economic Confidence

Moviegoers are riding greater confidence in the Japanese economy, and buying film tickets at higher prices. This summer looks set to deliver strong box-office sales in Japan.

Henchmen Enlisted Against Hong Kong Democracy Protesters

Henchmen Enlisted Against Hong Kong Democracy Protesters

China shows its hand with apparent triad gangster attack at subway, throwing rule of law into uncertainty.

Japan and South Korea Start Trade War With Roots in Real War

Japan and South Korea Start Trade War With Roots in Real War

Japan has cut off supplies of three key chemicals to South Korea, hitting the memory-chip and screen-making industries. The roots of the spat go way back.

India's State-Owned Stocks: Low-Hanging Fruit About to Spoil

India's State-Owned Stocks: Low-Hanging Fruit About to Spoil

India's state-owned enterprises saw share prices soar in the run-up to this year's elections, but recent reforms stalled momentum, so play Indian equities instead.

A New Brand of Protest Emerges in Hong Kong

A New Brand of Protest Emerges in Hong Kong

A Japanese drink-maker, as well as Cigna and Yum! Brands' Pizza Hut, have been swept into the 'product politics' battle between pro-democracy demonstrators and pro-Mainland authorities.

Chinese Money to Keep World's Oldest Travel Company Afloat

Chinese Money to Keep World's Oldest Travel Company Afloat

The conglomerate Fosun will attempt to resuscitate Thomas Cook, one of Britain's most recognizable brands.

Chinese Tycoon's Child-Molestation Case Highlights Risks of Asian Stocks

Chinese Tycoon's Child-Molestation Case Highlights Risks of Asian Stocks

Company founders often treat their firms like personal empires even after businesses go public.