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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

Five Calls for Asia in 2020

Here are five factors to watch in the first year of our new decade -- which will skew the world decidedly to the East.

Longest Bull Market Is Over in World's Most Expensive Real Estate Market

Hong Kong home prices are staring at double-digit percentage declines for 2020, so watch out for developer stocks.

Target Large-Cap Nikkei Stocks for Japan in 2020

The Nikkei 225 roster of Japanese large-caps could be set for a 17.6% run in 2020, when Tokyo will host the Olympics and markets look a solid bet for gains.

Xi Praises Macau (and Knocks Hong Kong) on 20th Anniversary of Handover

The Chinese leader has cited Macau's "patriotism" as the prime reason for its success. Hong Kong, well, not so much.

Toshiba's Likely Return to Tokyo's First Section to Produce Rally in Shares

Only two other companies have rejoined the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange since 2000, but they both saw heady rallies that Toshiba appears set to emulate.

'China's LVMH' Faces Bond Deadline That Poses a Problem for a Whole Province

Businesses in Shandong Province are well-known for guaranteeing each other's debts. So if its highest-profile global business, owner of Bally, Cerruti and Aquascutum can't repay its debts, it threatens the entire local business network.

Chinese Stocks and Currency Rally, so the Trade Truce Is For Real

After many a false start, the Phase 1 deal long trumpeted by the U.S. president appears to be coming together. It's still not down on paper, but investors should look East if Sunday's tariffs do avoid implementation.

Sunday's Tariffs Deadline Looms Over China, But Markets Remain Sanguine

The United States will automatically raise trade duties on close to US$160 billion in Chinese goods on Sunday, unless it issues a formal reprieve. Could we be in for a nasty surprise?

Antitrust Investigation Turns Political With Link to Embattled Hong Kong Justice

One of Hong Kong's largest engineering companies is under investigation by the competition commission. The fact that it's run by the husband of the minister who kicked off six months of protest has set tongues wagging.

Watch These 2 Transport Stocks With Hong Kong Set to Rally

Is the Hong Kong market poised to jump 40%? Its happened before. Transport stocks have suffered more than any due to the city's disruption, and would lead that charge.

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