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Bird in the bush
"A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush."
A proverb of which one meaning is it is better to have something for sure (low risk) than something speculative (high risk). The paradox part is that investors will often not do a probability analysis for lowest risk/highest return. They will take their chances of getting something more speculatively than they will getting something less as a sure thing. Better to have than to speculate on the one hand but better to speculate than have on the other. Since most choose to speculate, we can extrapolate that this saying is intended as a caution to incautious people.
Due to the phrasing of the sentence (and the emphasis given to the position of the bird) it is plain that it is 'not a paradox'.
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