As markets react to hints from Washington on negotiations over the debt ceiling and government shutdown issues, this article proposes five key issues advisers can share with clients. They include the unlikely possibility that the U.S. will default on its debt obligations, the relationship of the shutdown to the debt-ceiling debate, the deflationary impact of a potential default, the future of the Federal Reserve's quantitative easing program in light of recent events and whether investors should exit the markets.

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