The following video is from Monday's edition of Investor Beat, in which host Chris Hill and Motley Fool analysts Jason Moser and Bill Barker dissect the hardest-hitting investing stories of the day.

The shutdown of the U.S. federal government is entering its second week, but perhaps even more concerning for investors is the coming debt ceiling debate. If the debt ceiling isn't raised and America begins defaulting on its debts, the consequences could be dire. In the lead story on today's Investor Beat, Bill and Jason discuss just how bad default would be, and the reason that not raising the debt ceiling has no upside.

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