Nervous Nellie

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Nervous Nellie

An unduly risk-averse investor. Nervous Nellies tend to invest in fixed-income securities. If they invest in stocks at all, they tend to sell at the first negative sign, resulting in a loss.
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Tagged as Nervous Nellies, 66% of this group report they would feel a lack of financial security, while 26% indicated they would be unprepared emotionally if they suffered a disability, and 41% would be worried that they would never be able to work again.
If the kids at the kitchen party are listless, sensation-craving miscreants--or alternatively, nervous Nellies paralyzed by their fear of parental punishment--there's plenty of reason for it.
In the 1970's when the late Bishop Carroll Dozier invited Catholics in his Memphis diocese to a public Penance service, approximately 15,000 assembled in a local stadium to pray and (to the horror of nervous Nellies in high places) receive general absolution.
When Nervous Nellies fret that current stock price levels are extraordinary by all historic measures, and hence ripe for correction, the bulls point to the growing importance of intellectual property and information.
We may have some nervous nellies out there until they get punched in the mouth and remember it's a game.