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This is a really interesting and useful class. I feel like all econ majors should take it. The lab makes you apply the theory you learn to real world applications. Labs are tricky but extremely rewarding. I sincerely feel like this class teaches you theory, but also teaches you very useful applications (how to create an optimal portfolio from different stocks, how refinancing of mortgages works). In terms of lecture, I don't think it's important to go. Weill posts all lectures with notes online. If there's something you don't understand, just look it up. I never used the book either but I've heard it's very helpful. The material itself is not that difficult. In order to do well on exams, you really have to understand it though.
He lets you bring a cheat sheet to the midterm and two to the final. I noticed that a lot of students write down all the formulas and graphs, but don't actually understand any of it- which makes it very challenging to answer questions on the midterm and final. I thought both exams were extremely fair.
The class itself did not take me much time. I probably spent 4 hours/week on this class. With this being said, I'm also a FAM major, so bond theory/amortization is something I already knew about coming in. I sincerely don't think the class is that challenging though.
I don't think some of the previous responses are accurate. First of all, my class in specific was not curved down. In fact, there was a slight boost. Also, this class doesn't "ruin your GPA". If you actually understand the material and don't just copy formulas on your sheet and bring it to class, I don't see how you could get below a B. I felt like it was really easy to get an A.
I took Econ 106V with Professor Weill in the Winter and thoroughly enjoyed this class. He's a very nice person and the class was pretty manageable in terms of workload. The exams were also very fair.
All in all, I would strongly recommend him.
He is a very nice prof. the mid term is very easy! but the curve a crazy at the same time. 27.5/30 to be an A?! omg
the final is very very very hard this quarter. i have no idea how he curves the class or... simply straight curve?
Professor Weill is this nerdy French guy who has a strong accent, makes jokes in French, and is actually quite lovable. The class is definitely challenging because of the nature of the material and the tedious lab projects, but the Professor and TAs are super helpful and willing to teach you. He posts all of his slides and the exams are very fair. If you want to learn about the theories underlying hardcore stock trading in the real world, this is a good start.
The material covered in this class and the lab section is really interesting. The midterm and final are also both pretty fair (I wouldn't say that they're super easy though). He's not the most engaging lecturer in the world, but as someone who was interested in the material covered in this class, I can definitely say that I learned something of value and would take it again.