it simply means that your system should make a new global high before you are entitled for a payment. If your system makes 1000 at the end of January, 800 at the end of Februray, 900 at the end of March and 1100 at the end of April, your profit will be generated at the end of April and they will amount to 1100-100=100;
no, once the system starts being traded, it will be traded in the form it was at submission time, i.e. the quant will not be allowed to update parameters/change details. Of course a submitted system can have an adaptive logic, by changing parameters according to the value of some meta-indicator. If the quant believes there is some big change to be made, it is ok to re-submit the changed system, but it will need again to accumulate a track record before being traded.
@sheikh Hi, when it comes to stocks and historical simulations, the biggest issue is dealing with survivorship bias. The stock universe must include also stocks which have been delisted and we need to define trading rules which allow for trading instruments which make sense at each point in time. This week we are announing a new contest which is preparing the ground for stocks.