The KISS Portfolio

The KISS portfolio (Keep It Simple, Stupid) is a portfolio which has been in existence since 2012. It is a real portfolio with real money, which has been managed by PTI in order to demonstrate how a dividend growth portfolio can be successfully managed. Every transaction, and the reasons behind the transactions, have been documented in articles published quarterly on Seeking Alpha under the username The Part-Time Investor.

Over the life of the portfolio the KISS portfolio has increased its dividend income from about $22,000 per year to over $53,000 per year. Eventually it is expected to produce over $100,000 in dividends alone. On a total return basis, the KISS portfolio has beaten the market (as represented by SPY) by a little over 1% annually.


(As of 12/31/19)

3 monthsYTD1-Yr5-yrSince 1/1/2013


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Full Portfolio

Company Name
Cost Basis
Last Price
Market Value
Div / Share
Div Yield
Apple Inc.AAPL603.896$27.72$146.92$88,724.400.8800.60%
Aflac IncorporatedAFL1,018.82$29.32$52.63$53,620.501.3202.51%
Amgen Inc.AMGN300.957$155.27$213.61$64,287.427.0403.30%
Ameriprise Financial, Inc.AMP305.778$102.09$271.40$82,988.154.5201.67%
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.APD200.394$89.09$259.56$52,014.276.0002.31%
Becton, Dickinson and CompanyBDX138.867$83.31$253.18$35,158.353.3201.31%
BlackRock, Inc.BLK52.146$381.33$874.62$45,607.9316.5201.89%
Cardinal HealthCAH400$53.49$51.19$20,476.002.5204.92%
Cummins Inc.CMI246.459$96.79$227.66$56,108.865.8002.55%
Cisco SystemsCSCO800.304$40.48$56.73$45,401.250.3700.65%
CSX CorporationCSX2,200.80$7.55$30.42$66,948.342.0006.57%
CVS Health CorporationCVS308.554$80.40$84.71$26,137.612.5202.97%
Dominion Energy, Inc.D410.302$52.67$74.58$30,600.324.2005.63%
Deere & CompanyDE202.03$77.79$349.25$70,558.984.6401.33%
Digital Realty Trust, Inc.DLR309.563$59.03$152.72$47,276.462.7601.81%
Eastman Chemical CompanyEMN203.887$78.80$102.20$20,837.252.0201.98%
Emerson Electric Co.EMR511.055$51.37$96.31$49,219.716.5606.81%
Illinois Tool Works Inc.ITW208.354$72.07$215.94$44,991.964.8802.26%
Johnson & JohnsonJNJ301.334$72.33$164.36$49,527.264.2402.58%
JPMorgan Chase & Co.JPM300.749$97.33$163.04$49,034.123.6002.21%
L3Harris Technologies, Inc.LHX305.808$55.70$223.49$68,345.034.0801.83%
Lockheed Martin CorporationLMT165.362$105.38$349.52$57,797.3310.4002.98%
McDonald's CorporationMCD204.603$84.72$246.42$50,418.275.1602.09%
Microsoft CorporationMSFT403.634$18.64$299.35$120,827.842.4800.83%
Norfolk Southern CorporationNSC203.112$77.87$245.07$49,776.664.3601.78%
Realty Income CorporationO833.411$44.21$66.46$55,388.502.8304.26%
Paychex, Inc.PAYX503.336$31.06$109.98$55,356.892.6402.40%
PepsiCo, Inc.PEP400.876$72.69$154.20$61,815.084.3002.79%
Principal Financial Group, Inc.PFG1,021.70$39.77$64.45$65,848.572.5205.40%
The Procter & Gamble CompanyPG224.975$61.98$143.55$32,295.163.4803.20%
Prudential Financial, Inc.PRU534.313$69.64$103.75$55,434.974.6001.38%
PIMCO Corporate & Income Opportunity FundPTY1,744.59$18.49$18.52$32,309.811.43014.69%
QUALCOMM IncorporatedQCOM406.29$54.85$133.88$54,394.112.7201.52%
Raytheon TechnologiesRTX713.066$38.08$87.16$62,150.832.0405.64%
Snap-On ToolsSNA204.297$100.77$214.59$43,840.094.9201.23%
The Southern CompanySO503.825$43.96$63.16$31,821.592.6409.50%
Simon Property Group, Inc.SPG323.478$103.89$133.85$43,297.536.0002.69%
Target CorporationTGT405.747$61.23$241.44$97,963.563.6001.79%
T. Rowe Price Group, Inc.TROW308.345$70.28$211.22$65,128.634.3200.65%
UGI CorporationUGI1,069.32$29.99$42.69$45,649.271.3809.56%
WEC Energy Group, Inc.WEC409.273$40.08$90.00$36,834.572.7103.01%
Walmart Inc.WMT203.065$69.87$143.17$29,072.822.2001.54%
W. P. Carey Inc.WPC339.34$76.24$74.77$25,372.454.2005.62%

Recent Changes

When reinvesting I put my available cash not back into the stocks that paid the dividend but instead into more shares of my most undervalued positions. This is where my “Percent Above Average Yield” (PAAY) system comes in.  As of the end of 2018, my PAAY investments had returned 15.47% as compared to the S&P which would have returned 14.27%. Please note that I use PAAY only to rank the companies already in my portfolio for purposes of reinvesting my dividends, not for new purchases. (It would be too difficult to calculate the PAAY for all stocks under consideration for purchase.)

 With the dividends that had accumulated in the KISS portfolio over the last 3 months of 2019 I made the following purchases

Stock# of SharesPriceTotal CostCommission
Cracker Barrel Old Country (CBRL)13155.325$2,019.620.39
Darden Restaurants (DRI)19112.12$2,130.850.57
General Dynamics (GD)12180.015$2,160.540.36
IBM (IBM)15134.63$2,019.900.45
Lincoln National Corp (LNC)3658.1082$2,092.981.08
McDonald (MCD11200.22$2,202.750.33
Norfolk Southern (NSC)11196.1682$2,158.180.33
Simon Property Group (SPG)14145.8017$2,041.770.42
UGI Corporation (UGI)4444.745$2,104.431.41
W.P. Carey (WPC)2680.14$2,084.420.78