 # Annex A – Short Method for Plotting the Profit Line

For simple strategies, there is a short method for plotting the profit lines.

In order to simplify the explanation, for each of the strategies, we will plot the profit line in two stages:

Stage 1 – Assuming that we have no costs or income from building the strategy. (The strategy is given free of charge).

Stage 2 – Taking into account the expenditure or income from building the strategy.

 Strategy cost: \$500  Strategy no. 1

Long Call

For example, Call 130

Stage 1: We will start plotting the profit line at point A (Index 130, Price \$0).

Moving rightwards from point A, the profit line rises at an angle (straight line) which intersects with point A1 (Index 140, Profit \$1,000).

To the left of point A the profit line lies on the horizontal axis.

We will call this profit line “A”.

Stage 2: We will start plotting the profit line at point B (Index 130, Loss \$500). Moving rightwards from point B, the profit line rises at an angle parallel to profit line “A”. To the left of point B the profit line lies on the horizontal axis.

We will call this profit line “B”.

Thus, profit line “B” is parallel to profit line “A”, at a distance of \$500 beneath it. Strategy no. 2

 Strategy income: \$800

Short Call

For example, Call 150.

Stage 1: The profit line starts at point A (Index 150, Price \$0).

Moving rightwards from point A, the profit line declines, intersecting with point A1 (Index 160, Loss \$1,000).

To the left of point A the profit line lies on the horizontal axis.

Stage 2: The profit line starts at point B (Index 150, Profit \$800). Moving rightwards from point B, the profit line declines, parallel to profit line “A”.

To the left of point B the profit line lies on the horizontal axis. Strategy no. 3

 Strategy cost: \$800

Long Put

For example, Put 130.

Stage 1: The profit line starts at point A (Index 130, Price \$0).

Moving leftwards from point A, the profit line rises, intersecting with point A1 (Index 120, Profit \$1,000).

To the right of point A the profit line lies on the horizontal axis.

Stage 2: The profit line starts at point B (Index 130, Loss \$800). Moving leftwards from point B, the profit line rises, parallel to profit line “A”. To the right of point B the profit line lies on the horizontal axis. Strategy no. 4

 Strategy income: \$800

Short Put

For example, Put 150

Stage 1: The profit line starts at point A (Index 150, Price \$0).

Moving leftwards from point A, the profit line declines, intersecting with point A1 (Index 140, Loss \$1,000).

To the right of point A the profit line lies on the horizontal axis.

Stage 2: The profit line starts at point B (Index 150, Price \$800+). Moving leftwards from point B, the profit line declines, parallel to profit line “A”.

To the right of point B the profit line lies on the horizontal axis.