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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.

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Recent Articles By The Author

'Breezy Bullishness' a Bad Idea When Faced With WARS

Consumer spending contributed at least half of China's 6.1% growth in 2019. Just how bad will the coronavirus-induced cutback in spending over Lunar New Year be?

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Spring Festival Risks Spreading Epidemic Far and Wide

Chinese stocks sell off amid fears of a new SARS during the biggest migration of people on the planet.

China Adds Economy the Size of Mexico

China's economy has broken past the $14 trillion barrier, two-thirds the size of the United States. But population and output increases are at decades-long lows.

China Stocks Sell Off as Phase One Devil Will Be in the Details

The signing on Wednesday of a trade pact should see China double U.S. imports, though exactly on what may remain secret. Investors also fret it can't follow through.

China Eases Relations With Seoul as U.S. Deal Awaits

Beijing appears to have eased up on its ban on tour groups and individual travel to South Korea. Watch Korean consumer stocks in 2020 if that continues.

Taiwan Takes to Presidential Polls With Stocks Near All-Time High

The Taiwan stock market has peaked in the spring three times only to suffer a huge selloff. Can it continue its 31% run after presidential elections on Saturday?

Japanese and Thai Stocks Take Iran Missile Hit

Markets in Thailand and Tokyo were the main losers on Wednesday, though Asian investors in general appear reassured the worst is over with Iran.

Asia's Currency Underperformers Look Like Good Bets for 2020 Gains

The won, rupee and yuan may turn from the poorest performance in 2019 to solid runs in 2020, while the Iran-induced run to the dollar and yen may reverse fast.

3 Asian Stocks to Watch for 2020

These 3 name could be big winners in the coming year. Here is why.

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