Several measures point to the growing health and liquidity of REITs -- the most recent being Fitch Ratings' REIT liquidity coverage ratios. Certain REITs' cash positions mean they can take greater chances with acquisitions or development strategies. "As they reposition for the future, certain REITs may choose to increase credit risk through offensive measures," Fitch managing director Steven Marks says. "Measures may include development expansion or higher risk acquisitions."

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