Contrary to what you think, there are more options traders today than ever before. You may not be aware, as perhaps thousands of other stock investors, but the options trading game is growing by leaps and bounds. Between 1999 and 2007, options trading volume increased by 600 percent! That’s just seven years. It grew by another 200 percent in the next three years. This phenomenal growth and popularity of options were fired by the advantages presented by options trading versus the simple ownership of stocks.