When I joined this forum 5 years ago, there weren't as many, if any, that were trading options. I was asked basic questions like transaction costs and options trading hours when I first started posting things like calendar spreads and call writing. Now, "everyone" is trading options, one way or another.
Big boys like JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs have attributed their trading revenues decline to "historically low levels of volatility and lower client activity across products". The same goes to "little boys" or retail traders. 3X leveraged ETFs ain't cutting it either in this trading environment. And, some have gone as far as trading options of leveraged ETFs. Total options volume continues to break new highs.
This is the Hunger Games.
Source: Barron's CBOE Market Report
Edited by TechMan, 19 July 2014 - 02:52 PM.