It's a new year and a new time, especially in the Ultimate Marvel universe. If you think our financial system is in ruin, at least real-New York City did not suffer a cataclysmic wave of mutant destruction ("Ultimatum"). That would really send your stocks down.
In light of recent events, you would think that the heroes and role models of Marvel would learn from past mistakes. They would set their priorities towards rebuilding the social and economic infrastructure and ease up on the frivolous spending that partly contributed to the turmoil in the first place.
Well, you'd be wrong...
This is, by the way, right after Stark went on a long rant about how Ultimatum had left him with virtually no assets and how he began seeking alternate means of making money. Millions dead or hospitalized. New York in ruins. Desperate need of resources.
But, dammit, those bonuses need to be paid.
Priorities, Iron Man. Priorities.