Question for all the equity experts out there. I lean toward currencies and futures myself and as a young trader i still have an absolutely enormous amount of information to absorb still. I have a vague understanding of what gordon gekko did in the movie. Used illegal information to perform hostile takeovers to liquidate companies for profit. I'm sure many of you will have a laugh for my misunderstanding of the world of equities and big money take overs but can anyone out there clarify what exactly he did and if it's possible to do it legally? I just would like to learn what other ways people make money in the equities business besides pure price action speculation.