Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says the US debt ceiling limit will be reached on November 3 (http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/10/15/us-usa-fiscal-treasury-idUSKCN0S91MR20151015). The several news sources detail the usual woe if Treasury can't pay its bills. We've been through this before; a deal averted the shutdown at the last minute. The last debt ceiling fight probably contributed to House Speaker John Boehner''s recent decision to step down. Given the rancor in Congress these days, even within parties, the overhanging question of whither the Fed rate decision, and the noise of the Presidental political campaign, the combination of these external forces seems to portend more difficulty than usual in coming to an debt ceiling agreement. The government agencies go through gyrations, but what happens to the markets? How do you think the markets will react leading up to November 3? If there is a shutdown what can expect from the markets and from the Fed facing both domestic and global economy pressures? What investing strategies can we take to protect ourselves while the White House and Congress do battle?