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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 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

10 Japanese Stocks That Combat Climate Change

These 10 companies have innovative approaches to reducing carbon emissions, from one of the most-advanced nations in terms of an environmentally-aware industry.

From the Frontlines of a Hong Kong in a Manufactured 'Total Collapse'

The police in Hong Kong are being encouraged to crack down harder and harder on pro-democracy demonstrators that Beijing dubs "terrorists." Cracking down is not working.

Alibaba and China's Singles Day Extravaganza Setting New E-Commerce High

China honors November 11 with an e-commerce extravaganza due to set one-day sales records. However, China's stock markets take a hit due to Hong Kong 'hitch.'

Demonstrations to Reignite as Hong Kong Student Dies in Protest Fall

Hong Kong has its first firmly protest-related death, after a second-year university student died from a car park fall. Conspiracies fly in this city of demonstration, once again likely to burn aflame.

Has Softbank Lost Its Vision?

Softbank's founder Masayoshi Son had established a reputation for perceptive decision-making on tech investments. Has the firm lost its way?

First Trip Across the World's Biggest Sea Bridge: White Elephant, Not Dolphins

The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge is woefully underused, a wasteful project designated a key linkage in the Communist Party's grand plan for China's Greater Bay Area.

Hong Kong Retailers Hammered by Recession

Hong Kong's economy was already suffering before this summer's demonstrations, but consumer businesses have been hit hard by five months of chaos.

This Could Turn Into the Year of the Pig's Revenge in China

As African swine fever sweeps through Asia, pork prices have shot to record highs, and the ripple effect could spell big trouble for China's economy -- even bleeding into next year.

Why You Shouldn't Buy BRICS Funds Anymore

BRICS are more important now than when the concept was coined two decades ago, but only thanks to outperformers China and India. Investors should look no further for growth.

Indonesian President's Cabinet Appointments Point to Progressive Agenda

Joko Widodo has named the country's most-famous entrepreneur as its minister of education and culture and retained the minister who brought finances under control.

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