It seems like everywhere you look these days, there are more cases of shady insider trading, particularly concerning options. You can hardly pick up a magazine, turn on the TV or surf the web for financial news without being reminded of it. For example: When Greed is Bad - Insider Trading Heavy trade in aQuantive options raises questions The Sad Truth About Insider Trading in Options SEC says jumps in options trading point to possible insider trading TXU? Dow Jones? Aquantive? Acxiom? The list goes on and on, and it's more than a little disturbing. I'm not sure what to make of this flurry of headlines. There seem to be two camps on this. One that says there is an epidemic of insider trading in the options market these days and another that says this is just business as usual for options and the world is just waking up to this fact. I'm leaning toward blaming the influx of hedge funds into options in recent years. We all know that wherever hedge funds go, shady dealings follow. Call me cynical, I guess.