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FirstFT – Britain’s self-employed; picking stocks; why billionaires have more sons

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Sign up to receive FirstFT by email hereBritain’s self-employed workers are earning less than they did 20 years ago, according to data that expose the low incomes of many people in this growing part of the workforce.According to the Resolution Foundation think-tank, the official data show that the typical weekly earnings of a self-employed worker in 2014/15 were about £240 a week. After adjusting for inflation, that is less than in 1994/95, as far back as the data go.The figures will feed the debate over whether rising self-employment in the UK is to be celebrated or feared. (FT)In the newsTrump TV Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, one of his top advisers, has informally approached a top media industry banker about the prospect of setting up a Trump television network after the presidential election in November. Trump TV may be the logical next step for the former reality TV star, particularly with polls showing a widening lead for Hillary Clinton. Keep track of the 2016 presidential race with our daily US politics newsletter. Sign up here.Netflix and thrill Shares were up nearly 20 per cent in after-hours trade on Monday as the video streaming group raced past forecasts for subscriber growth. Its total subscriber base is now nearly 87m.

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Bryan Harris is a lead writer at Financial Times. He is a Hong Kong-based journalist with a penchant for international crime stories.

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