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Unless you have been vacationing on another planet, you have probably heard about the government shutdown this week. This video by the New York Times provides some quantification of the situation.

1. Which number in the video surprised you the most?
2. Explain why not reaching an agreement by Oct 17 on the debt ceiling would be worse than the federal shutdown.
3. Have any of the shutdown events affected you or someone you know? Explain.
4. What is the most interesting thing that you learned about the SEC and its plan regarding the government shutdown?


The New York Times video (2013). A Shutdown by the Numbers, The New York Times, September 27 (Retrievable online at

Yan, H. (2013) Government shutdown: Get up to speed in 20 questions., October 1 (Retrievable online at

Chasan, E. (2013) SEC Will Keep Lights On In A Government Shutdown. CFO Journal, September 30 (Retrievable online at