Last week, Ford (NYSE:F) reported a strong $1.6 billion net profit for the first quarter. But could that number have been even stronger? In this video, Fool contributor John Rosevear takes you deeper into the story -- and shows how Ford is wisely trading some profits now for bigger growth in the future.

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