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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At the very beginning she's pictured "cleaning shelves, doing laundry, writing notes," a Nervous Nelly about her husband's departure for 35 days.
One guy is certifiably bonkers, the other's a classic Type A nervous nelly.
Serena beat her to the Australian Open title in January and Svetlana Kuznetsova, Miss Nervous Nelly herself, prevailed at Roland Garros.