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

Will China's Downgrade Cause Investors to Race for the Exits Yet Again?

Will China's Downgrade Cause Investors to Race for the Exits Yet Again?

Investors are two-faced when it comes to China. It's all good until it's very bad. Are things about to get ugly again as debt mounts and reforms drag on?

Asia's Flagship Carriers Leak Red Ink

Asia's Flagship Carriers Leak Red Ink

The woes of Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines, which both recently posted losses, underline how hard it is to make money out of flights from Asia right now.

Chinese Buyers Smash Singapore Property Price Record in Sign of Things to Come

Chinese Buyers Smash Singapore Property Price Record in Sign of Things to Come

Mainland developers have already set records for raw land in Hong Kong and are buying plots at new highs in Singapore. Where's next?

Office Plot Good News for Neighbors As It Shatters World Record in Hong Kong

Office Plot Good News for Neighbors As It Shatters World Record in Hong Kong

Hong Kong developer Henderson Land outbid eight rivals, and for once outspent mainland competitors, in landing the first significant office plot in Central in two decades.

Taking the Budget Airline to China Could Cost You

Taking the Budget Airline to China Could Cost You

Tony Fernandes and AirAsia are making the right noises in entering the Chinese air industry. But is it a smart move or brave folly?