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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

China Sets Date for Change in Its Leadership, But Not in Its Covid Policy

Five Chinese megacities are restricting movement once again, with no end to the Covid business cycle in sight.

Deal Struck to Keep Chinese Companies on Wall Street: What Does It Mean?

Securities regulators on both sides agreed to a framework for U.S. inspectors to scrutinize Chinese-company books. Will what reads well on paper function properly in practice?

Export-Oriented Asian Markets Bear Brunt of Selloff

Asian stocks are near two-year lows, faring worse this year than their U.S. and European counterparts, with further ground to give.

Hong Kong Stocks Rise on Plan to Keep U.S. Chinese Listings

Hong Kong would become the fulcrum in a system to keep Chinese companies listed on U.S. markets.

Look to These 6 Plays as Japan Resumes Nuclear Power

Japan's PM says his country should get back in the nuclear power generation game - a necessary step for greener energy and power self-sufficiency.

China's Worst Heatwave Hits Production, Even for 'Green' Stocks

The demand for A/C in places like Chengdu and Chongqing is causing the authorities to curb electricity supply to green-energy firms, solar-panel makers and more.

Heatwaves Leave Little Doubt We Must Seek Climate Investment Plays

The factors driving climate change are not easily quantified, or reflected in short-term market moves, though their long-term effects are pretty clear.

Japan Rises Above Pre-Covid Levels, Set for 3 Years of Growth

The tortoise of Japan may be far behind the hare in the West, but Tokyo is pacing itself for steady multiyear growth.

End to China's Recovery Shows Policymakers 'Care About Growth, Just Not Much'

Poor July numbers erase hopes of a strong second half to the year, where lockdowns and the 'zero-Covid' policy have undermined confidence and activity.

Hong Kong's Population Shrinks Due to Emigration Wave

Since the introduction of a detested National Security Law, more than 200,000 Hong Kongers have left, taking their wealth and skills with them.

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