The Tell: A government shutdown ‘could reintroduce investors to the fact that markets go down’

The stock market sauntered to its third straight weekly win last week, but now the public servants in Washington just might help usher it to a weekly loss.

The federal government shutdown is poised to stretch into a third day Monday as negotiations over immigration continued to roil Capitol Hill.

“A government shutdown, even a brief one, could reintroduce investors to the fact that markets go down as well,” said Greg McBride, chief financial analyst at Bankrate.com, in an interview with NBC News last week. He expressed concerns about the coming week.

“Any government shutdown that persisted into the work week would breed plenty of the type of uncertainty that can rattle investors’ confidence,” said McBride, whose take served as a call of the day for our Need to Know column.

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