You keep the players you buy until you sell or swap them - and only then do you incur another transaction cost.
However, I would caution against planning to hold a non-playing player for any length of time expecting to get a fortune eventually. When it looks like they are likely to get a game (i.e. they return to full training and start to perform all drills well, or a current player is injured freeing up a spot) then I will reduce their return rate as they are less of a risk. You get the return rate when they play, not the rate when you bought them.
I need to set up a futures market.
When will rates be announced? Once a week? If someone is reported will an interim rate be set prior to the Tribunal?
Also to samwoods ..
I expect some rates will change every week depending on what is happening. There won't be any freebies - for example if a 1st year game rookie is upgraded and on wednesday the club releases video of him telling his mum to get on the plane - don't expect to buy him on Thursday morning and get 10 times return.
Remember if you have $50 invested in a player, the only thing that changes his value is the next match and whether he plays. You can still sell him for $50 till the next game, his value doesn't go to $40 when reported, to $30 after gets 2 weeks at MRP, to $35 when he appeals, and to $20 when appeal lost.
I am not Ben McDevitt, I won't be changing rules just to say gotcha! Also the more complicated it is, the more work to write algorithms to make it all work and I don't want this to become too much work for me. So don't expect any random nasty disruptions like a reality TV show.
Rule and rate changes will be to keep different strategies in balance. For example if you have 4 different gamers taking different strategies -
- A puts all his money on first player picked every week
- B puts all his money on likely 22nd player picked every week
- C puts all his money on risky players expecting he gets one pick right every 4 weeks
- D puts all his money of very risky players expecting he gets only 2 picks correct over the season
... Ideally I would like all these strategies to end up with about the same amount of money at the end of the season. So that is how I am looking at it.
Also the settings now are to deal with the expected high rotation during JLT and up to round 1. But as it becomes clearer that the match committee have settled on about 25 players, the rates and transaction costs will change to bring the various strategies back into balance. At that time I might also bring in a small penalty cost if your player doesn't play as well as a return. But you will get at least a match's notice of any big rule changes.
And yes the transaction count restarts at zero every week, they aren't cumulative through the year - I misunderstood that question last time.