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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

You Could Have Made 8.7% on Japan in the Last 4 Weeks

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Despite a summer of violent protests, it appears Hong Kong's talked-off demise as a market for initial public offerings may well be overstated.

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Cathay parent Swire starts 'reverse vending machines' that reward plastic recycling.

Australia's Foreign Investment Tolerance Tested Again by Chinese Influence

With Aussie assets up for grabs in touchy industries such as oil and civil engineering, and an agricultural deal in the works, the Australian government faces tough decisions over whether to approval sales to state-owned Chinese buyers.

China's 'Big Four' Internet Cos. Suffer Ad-Sales Slowdown

Rapid growth in online advertising is slowing -- by Chinese standards -- creating potential headaches for Weibo and Tencent.

China Commands State-Owned Companies to Take Stakes in Hong Kong Counterparts

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Carmaker Stocks to Favor and to Avoid Amid a Slumping Asian Auto Sector

Car sales are sliding in China and plummeting in India, which is putting pressure on automakers that sell in those markets.

Alibaba Enters the Unknown as Ma Steps Down

Jack Ma, the face of Alibaba and its Taobao e-commerce marketplace, will step down on Tuesday. How will the company he co-founded in his apartment fare without him?

Chinese Shares Get Their Bounce Back - But for Long?

There was a false dawn in Chinese equities in June. August has witnessed another. Can the markets in Shanghai and Shenzhen continue to gain even as production moves out of China?

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