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Bitcoin Drops 30% in Two Weeks

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In the first half of the year, Bitcoin (BTC) went on a remarkable rally that raised hopes of a similar rally like the one in 2017 that took the token’s price to $20,000. However, things have not gone as many had hoped, and since the month of July, the world’s biggest cryptocurrency has lost its momentum.

This week has been a particularly shattering one for BTC as it plunged to new depths and the most worrying bit about the nosedive is the fact that most traders are not sure about the reason behind it.

Bitcoin Falls $3K in Two Weeks

A few months back, the token had been trading at $13,000 apiece, but the situation has not been great since then, and according to experts, the recent plunge could be the start of a longer downturn. During the latest meltdown, Bitcoin dropped to the $8,000 level, and although it has been able to hold onto this level, traders are not sure how long that will continue.

Over the past few weeks, the crypto sphere has been a unique space, and BTC has been trading within a range. The calmness in the markets was primarily down to the fact that many traders were waiting for developments pertaining to regulations.

>> Libra Launch Date in Doubt Following Comments from Mark Zuckerberg

Many cryptocurrencies suffered losses on Tuesday this week, but it was BTC that suffered historic losses. It dropped below the level of $9,000 for the first time since June and lost as much as 17% of its value. The 17% loss remains the biggest loss that BTC has suffered in a single day since back in January of 2018.

The slump continued on to Wednesday as well and the week has turned into a bit of a crisis for BTC holders. Although a wide variety of explanations were put forward by experts, no explanation has been able to explain the dramatic plunge in the value of Bitcoin during the course of the week so far.

At the time of writing, Bitcoin is trading up slightly at $7,880.

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Victory Square Technologies Reports 2018 Year End Results And Files CEO Letter to Shareholders

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  • Results show significant increases in Revenue, Investments, Cash and Working Capital
  • Year highlighted by investment and acquisition of 11 new private companies in 2018
  • $10,000,000 convertible note to build, develop and create long-term value for portfolio companies and VST shareholders.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 21, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Victory Square Technologies Inc. (CSE:VST)(FWB: 6F6)(OTC:VSQTF) successfully filed its annual consolidated financial statements for 2018 along with its MD&A on Friday, August 16th, 2019. The Company will also be filing its interim financial report and MD&A for the quarterly period ended March 31st, 2019 on or before Friday, August 23rd, 2019.

In a letter to Victory Square shareholders, Chief Executive Officer Shafin Diamond Tejani pointed to significant year-over-year increases in revenues, investments, cash and working capital. The 2018 fiscal year was marked by the addition of 11 new private companies to the Victory Square portfolio (either through investment or acquisition).

Tejani noted a series of financial highlights in his letter to shareholders, including that:

  • Revenue increased by $3,746,522 or 505.48%
  • Portfolio Investments increased by $4,883,293
  • Cash and short term investments increased by 37.62% to $3,736,683
  • Working capital increased to $3,128,864

“The complex nature and scope of the investments in and acquisitions of 11 private companies during Fiscal 2018 created substantive delays in the filing of our audited financial statements,” said Tejani. “We apologize for any inconvenience caused by these delays and will take the requisite steps to ensure that we never again experience that kind of a bump in the road. We are already heading down the path of infrastructure and process improvements that will ensure that we are able to make the most of all of the opportunities before us in 2019 and beyond.”

LETTER TO OUR SHAREHOLDERS

Dear Fellow Shareholders,

The three years since we became Victory Square Technologies have been transformational for our company. The results of our growth since 2016 sees us emerging as a strategically focused group of businesses linked by the power of innovative technologies. Victory Square has teams operating across more than 20 countries.

As is often the case, increased growth leads to greater challenges and we certainly faced those head-ons in recent months. As many of you are aware, a failure-to-file cease trade order in Canada was issued for Victory Square as the result of delays in the filing of our annual audited financial statements for the year ending December 31st, 2018.

Simply put, the nature and scope of the investment in or acquisition of 11 private companies during 2018 meant that our auditors required far more time than expected to complete our Victory Square audit. In our race to change the game, we underestimated the complexities involved in expediting the growth of our portfolio of companies. We apologize for any inconveniences caused by these delays and we’re committed to ensuring we are better prepared for these unforeseen bumps in the road.

We recognize of course that growing is learning, especially in the fast-paced tech sector. Take comfort in knowing that the challenges associated with building such a unique roster of high tech companies and startups have already led to operational, leadership and organizational changes over the past year. Our centralized management team and support and advisory resources have always been one of the big strengths of Victory Square. We will certainly continue to ensure that we are as strong on all aspects of the stewardship required to achieve our collective goals.

We have emerged from this difficult year with a clear view of what’s most important for us to drive future value creation and tangible improvements to our cash flow. Given that we continue to make substantial investments across our business in support of future growth, process and compliance will take on even greater significance to the team at Victory Square. We are confident that with your support, we will parlay these early positive trends into strong momentum over the course of 2019, 2020, and beyond.

To that end, we believe that the actions the Victory Square team took in fiscal 2018 have created exactly that: Growing momentum toward a more successful future.

Here are some financial and investment highlights that validate that perspective shared by our centralized management team:

2018 Financial Highlights

  • Revenue increased by $3,746,522 or 505.48%
  • Portfolio Investments increased by $4,883,293
  • Cash and short term investments increased by 37.62% to $3,736,683
  • Working capital increased to $3,128,864

2018 Investment Highlights:

During the fiscal year 2018, the company added investments in or acquisitions of 11 private companies:

Name Vertical
Co-Pilot (formerly Cassia Research) Automated Lead Gen (SaaS)
Multiplied Networks SD-WAN
V2 Games Inc. e-Gaming/Esports
Payvida Solutions Inc. Payments/Lending
Howyl Ventures Inc. Software Development
Shape Immersive Inc. Augmented Reality (AR)/Cloud
Flo Digital Inc. Virtual Reality/Advertising
Limitless Technologies Inc. Cyber Security/VPN
TaloFlow (formerly LocoNoco Inc.) Cloud Optimization
Cloud Benefit Solutions Inc. Insurance/Benefits
Grow Tech Labs Inc. AgTech/Health

The success of Victory Square is anchored in the dynamic combination and synergies of people, ideas and capital. Going forward into 2019 — armed with access to a $10,000,000 convertible note — we are well equipped to leverage these resources to successfully build, develop and support companies in the global technology sector with the objective of creating long-term value for Victory Square, its network of companies and its shareholders.

Ultimately, Victory Square’s team is committed to incubating and building a new breed of companies set to become the next decade’s technology giants. Thank you for your ongoing support of our vision. We are committed to nothing short of excellence in the weeks, months and years ahead.

Shafin Diamond Tejani, Chief Executive Officer
Victory Square Technologies

Check out VictorySquare.com and sign up to VST’s official newsletter at VictorySquare.com/newsletter.

ABOUT VICTORY SQUARE TECHNOLOGIES INC.

Victory Square Technologies Inc. (CSE:VST)(FWB: 6F6)(OTC:VSQTF) builds, acquires and invests in promising startups, then provides the senior leadership and resources needed to fast-track growth. The result: rapid scale-up and monetization, with a solid track record of public and private exits.

VST’s sweet spot is the cutting-edge tech that’s shaping the 4th Industrial Revolution. Our portfolio consists of 20 global companies using AI, VR/AR and blockchain to disrupt sectors as diverse as fin-tech, insurance, health, and gaming.

What we do differently for startups

VST isn’t just another investor. With real skin in the game, we’re committed to ensuring each company in our portfolio succeeds. Our secret sauce starts with selecting startups that have real solutions, not just ideas. We pair you with senior talent in product, engineering, customer acquisition and more. Then we let you do what you do best — build, innovate and disrupt. In 24-36 months, you’ll scale and be ready to monetize.

What we do differently for investors

VST is a publicly-traded company headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, and listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange (VST), Frankfurt Exchange (6F6) and the OTCQX (VSTQF). For investors, we offer early-stage access to the next unicorns before their unicorns.

Our portfolio represents a unique liquid and secure way for investors to get access to the latest cutting-edge technologies. Because we focus on market-ready solutions that scale quickly, we’re able to provide strong and stable returns while also tapping into emerging global trends with big upsides. For more information, please visit www.victorysquare.com.

ABOUT THE CANADIAN SECURITIES EXCHANGE (CSE)

The Canadian Securities Exchange, or CSE, is operated by CNSX Markets Inc. Recognized as a stock exchange in 2004, the CSE began operations in 2003 to provide a modern and efficient alternative for companies looking to access the Canadian public capital markets.

Please visit the company’s website atwww.victorysquare.com. For a free report on Victory Square Technologies Inc. (CSE:VST)(FWB: 6F6)(OTC:VSQTF) visit cryptocurrencynews.com.

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LiteLink Technologies Signs MOU with InstaPay to Offer Freight Factoring to 1SHIFT Logistics Customers LiteLink Technologies Signs MOU with InstaPay to Offer Freight Factoring to 1SHIFT Logistics Customers

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 30, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — LiteLink Technologies Inc. (“LiteLink”) (CSE:BAXS) (FRA: C0B) , a leader in logistics, artificial intelligence and digital payment solutions, is pleased to announce that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with InstaPay Flexible LLC (“InstaPay”) to offer freight factoring to 1SHIFT customers.

The deal will see InstaPay offer factoring services to 1SHIFT Logistics customers in order to ensure shipments managed through the platform are promptly settled.

1SHIFT will automatically forward qualify loads with proof of delivery to InstaPay, who will, in turn, advance payment to the carrier the same-day and distribute a carrier defined percentage to the truck driver.

“We are very excited to have the ability to offer advanced same-day payments to our 1SHIFT customers and alleviate one of the major issues plaguing the trucking industry,” said CEO of LiteLink, Ashik Karim. “The addition of freight factoring into 1SHIFT logistics ecosystem makes the platform a true end-to-end management solution that will completely change how the transportation and logistics industry does business.”

1SHIFT powered by uBUCK is an end-to-end logistics management solution that enables real-time transparency and tracking as well as peer feedback and regulation.

InstaPay is a leading digital factoring service with a 3% or less flat factoring fee. The company helps carriers receive payments from clients within 24 hours. With an online portal and dedicated customer support, the factoring process with InstaPay is hassle-free. No contract lock-up means that carriers have options – there is no monthly minimum threshold, allowing carriers to decide if they factor an individual load or not.

About LiteLink Technologies Inc.

LiteLink Technologies Inc. (“LiteLink”) (CSE:BAXS) (FRA: C0B) is a major player in developing world-class enterprise platforms that utilize artificial intelligence, blockchain, and predictive analytics to solve fragmented and outdated technology problems in the logistics and digital payment industries. Our flagship 1SHIFT logistics platform offers real-time transparency and tracking which allows brokers, shippers, and carriers to track shipments and settle payments in real-time. uBUCK Pay is a multi-currency digital wallet that supports traditional fiat and digital currencies. Consumers are able to make online and offline purchases using the uBUCK debit card and send funds worldwide for free.

About InstaPay Flexible LLC

InstaPay is a tech-focused factoring company based in Austin, Texas, which offers financial solutions for American carriers and freight brokers. Their mission is to help businesses access working capital quickly and hassle-free so they can achieve their goals. InstaPay takes pride in both their innovative technology applications and the high degree of customer satisfaction they deliver.

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Is Bitcoin (BTC) a Recession Proof Like Gold? Here’s What Experts Think

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It is quite clear that the global economy is currently in the doldrums due to a wide range of factors, and investors all over the world are currently at crossroads with regards to finding the best ways to protect their capital. When such a thing happens, then investors look for assets that could either protect their capital or act as a hedge against an economic recession. Plenty of analysts have stated that a global recession could be looming and the trade war between the United States and China, the world’s two biggest economies, is not helping matter in this regard. So how does Bitcoin fit into all this?

Bitcoin as Hedging?

It is now being considered that Bitcoin could well be the hedge investors are looking for as the global economy slowly but surely heads towards a downturn. That being said, it is important to note that after the incredible rally that Bitcoin enjoyed during the first six months of the year, it has faced difficulties with maintaining the same momentum. The token struggled in July to maintain stability, and this has continued into August.

Even with the recent volatility, however, there are plenty of people who feel that this is only a phase for Bitcoin and the cryptocurrency will be able to regain its momentum in the near future.

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Experts now believe that Bitcoin could be a digital safe haven for investors, much like how gold has proven to be this year so far. Due to the potential loss of capital, Bitcoin could work as a protection against the downturn, if it ever arrives. Last but not least, it is also important to add if such a thing happens, then a lot of money is going to flow into Bitcoin, and the price of the token is almost certain to rise in the months to come. Maybe the ongoing global economic trouble could prove to be a blessing for Bitcoin.

What do you think?

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