BDO recently published its 2014 RiskFactor Report for REITs, an annual study that analyzes the most recent SEC 10-K filings of the 100 largest publicly traded REITs in the U.S. Conducted since 2012, the study identifies the top risks among REITs. This year's findings shed light and further underscore certain trends in the seniors housing and healthcare industry.
A number of REITs are acquiring foreign assets as a way to grow, further diversify their investments and expand their international presence and pipeline for new opportunities. While this trend is fairly new, there are important implications to consider on an industry and global scale.