Corrected entry: The scene where Gordon is speaking to Bud on his cellular phone at the beach makes no sense. Gordon states that he is watching the sun rise and how beautiful everything is. The problem with that is in New York, the sun would rise over the Atlantic Ocean/eastern sky and the scene shows it coming up over the west not the east.
Corrected entry: Sir Laurence Wildman "saves" the airline thanks to Bud. Why isn't he named in the insider trading scandal? It's half his fault.
Corrected entry: It is said that Gordon Gekko sold NASA stock short on the day the Space Shuttle Columbia blew up. NASA stock? What NASA stock? NASA is a government department, not a company. You could no more buy or sell shares in NASA than you could in the Department of Defense, Environment, Immigration or Social Security.
Corrected entry: At the very end, the FBI agents take a tape recorder off Bud after he has just met Gekko in a park and recorded their conversation. This is supposed to be the start of Gekko's downfall, but Gekko says nothing incriminating at all in his conversation with Bud. The closest he gets is: "I opened doors for you. I showed you how the system works - the value of information. How you get it. Anacott Steel, Brant Resources, Transuniversal, Fulham Oil. I gave you everything." Legally meaningless, and it can all be explained away by a (highly paid) lawyer as innocuous and innocent. In order to prosecute him in relation to the meaningless, ambiguous statements he made to Bud the prosecution would have to make assumptions and leaps of logic that are simply not allowed in a court in the US. Gekko is a millionaire many times over - his lawyers would have the contents of the tape laughed out of court. If the prosecution based investigations on the things Gekko said to Bud it would take his defence attorney about a minute to have the tape excluded, along with anything that led from the conversation. It's called 'the fruit of a poisoned tree' and it is a hugely important legal principle in the US.