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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Suppressing your nervous Nellie side is the emotional equivalent of kissing strangers.
Winona called him King Richard and he called her Nervous Nellie.