According to the Options Clearing Corp. (OCC), the average daily options volume was 6,470 in 1973, the year in which listed, exchange-traded options first launched.
Since then, the average daily options volume has soared to 16,443,005 - 2,500 times more than it was over 40 years ago.
And since weekly options trading started, it's become the most widely traded of any options class - averaging 25% of any option on the S&P 500.
This impressive growth is no coincidence. People are making a beeline to options trading because, the truth is, there's simply no better, easier way to risk so little and still make piles of money in days or weeks.
You just can't top options for big returns, and now the "secret" is out, and regular investors know it.