The following video is part of a special series in which Motley Fool analyst Austin Smith and "Options Whiz" Nick Crow discuss how to make 2012 the year YOU master the market.

In this edition, Austin and Nick analyze Ford. Austin discusses his near-term fears heading into next year in the auto sector. With more economic downturn still possible, Nick explains how to protect ourselves now to reduce risks and look to the future for profits. If Nick's strategy of risk mitigation and potentially high returns seems exciting to you, be sure to check out the free Options Whiz material below where you can learn more about this strategy and others.

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