This has been floating around in my mind for a while, but it all just came together right now as I finished reading the Bloomberg article referenced in my last post.
Whenever you hear someone make an analogy between almost any advanced derivative or structured product and some simpler product, the simpler product is almost always a call option. There is almost a 100% chance that the simpler product will be an option of some sort, but usually, it is a call option. If THAT doesn't convince you to just trade the underlying options directly, I don't know what does.
Just a thought.