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 Appeal to Mainland Visitors

Hong Kong Protesters Appeal to Mainland Visitors

Political protests target mainland visitors in heart of tourism and shopping district, raising the question: Are pro-democracy demonstrations bad for business?

Watch These 4 Japanese Drugmakers With Big Coming Events

Watch These 4 Japanese Drugmakers With Big Coming Events

Investors should keep tabs on these "focus events" from this quartet of U.S.-listed Japanese drugmakers that can make or break their treatments.

Unpacking Hong Kong's July 1 Protests

Unpacking Hong Kong's July 1 Protests

Why did a mob of demonstrators invade the central chamber of Hong Kong's government, and, as an investor, how do you price in the growing unrest?

Good News - For Once - As Curtain Comes Down on G-20

Good News - For Once - As Curtain Comes Down on G-20

Save for a refusing to budge on climate change, U.S. President Donald Trump left the G-20 in Osaka with something a bit unusual for him: some good news.

It Wasn't All Trump at the G-20

It Wasn't All Trump at the G-20

While difficult to believe, there were other things going on in Osaka that didn't involve -- or revolve -- around Donald J.

What to Expect from Trump vs. the G-20

What to Expect from Trump vs. the G-20

The G-20 summit is not all about President Trump; climate change may be the key issue, although trade and troops will be on Trump's mind.

Enter Chinese Currency Policy 7.0

Enter Chinese Currency Policy 7.0

China will likely soon allow the yuan to fall past 7.0 to the U.S. dollar, and the move's effects will spillover as the rest of Asia weakens.

Carrefour Beats Retreat in China, Following Walmart and Tesco

Carrefour Beats Retreat in China, Following Walmart and Tesco

International grocery giants aren't finding that their brand names go far in China anymore, where the biggest homegrown online platforms add bricks and mortar to their sales mix.

Foxconn's Future Shows How Taiwan Gains from China's Pain

Foxconn's Future Shows How Taiwan Gains from China's Pain

The world's largest contract manufacturer said goodbye on Friday to founder Terry Gou, who is running for Taiwan's president; its plans pave the way for Taiwan's economic and political future.

Tencent-Backed WeDoctor Scraps International Listing for Shanghai

Tencent-Backed WeDoctor Scraps International Listing for Shanghai

The healthcare app creator reportedly shelves a Hong Kong listing in favor of "China's Nasdaq" due to data privacy and transparency concerns.