Why are prices rising so quickly? The pandemic, supply chain snarls and war in Ukraine are obvious culprits. But, c’mon, what about corporations padding their profit margins? Or just-in-time supply chains? Today, we try to piece together the inflationary puzzle. Plus: The U.S. is maintaining its global financial clout — for now, the trucking industry grapples with wait times at ports and warehouses, and stock buybacks make a comeback.