Alex 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

China Was Right to Walk Away From Failed U.S. Trade Talks

China Was Right to Walk Away From Failed U.S. Trade Talks

The collapse of the Sino-American session on tariffs and access translates into market action for investors, and inaction on improved trade.

Trump Hurts Popularity of U.S. With China's Millionaires

Trump Hurts Popularity of U.S. With China's Millionaires

Half of high-net-worth Chinese want to emigrate, but the U.S. is less popular since Trump's election, study finds.

Roger That: Federer, Wimbledon and the Meaning of Money

Roger That: Federer, Wimbledon and the Meaning of Money

Witnessing the tennis champion's greatness gives pause for thought.

Japanese Government Looms in the Background for Tortured Toshiba Sale

Japanese Government Looms in the Background for Tortured Toshiba Sale

The sale of Toshiba's chip unit is a test case for Japanese corporate reform. The electronics maker faces pressure from its banks, investors and bidders, the Japanese government looking on.

China's Sovereign Fund Pushes for Greater Access to Sensitive U.S. Investments

China's Sovereign Fund Pushes for Greater Access to Sensitive U.S. Investments

The China Investment Corp., which oversees $814 billion for the Chinese government, would like easier approval for "symbolic investments" in touchy industries.