Deutsche Bank commodities move draws fire from campaigners
"The biggest losers will be the poorest people on low income. They will be facing even more volatile and higher food prices", said Heidi Chow, campaigner with London-based anti-poverty group the World Development Movement (WDM).
"Anecdotal and statistical evidence that we see shows price volatility is driven by financial speculation," she said on Monday.
Deutsche Bank - which responded to controversy over the issue by declaring its moratorium in March 2012 - had said on Saturday it would keep dealing in financial derivatives linked to commodities, arguing there was no conclusive evidence to prove speculators were responsible for rising prices of agricultural products.
The bank reiterated that a review of numerous studies showed no convincing evidence that the growth of agricultural-based financial products has led to higher prices.
Thilo Hoppe, a politician with Germany's green party, said it was nonetheless irresponsible to push ahead.
"So long as Deutsche Bank cannot prove that financial instruments based on commodities don't cause a rise in food prices, they should refrain from using them," Hoppe said.
Thilo Bode, executive director of Berlin-based consumer group Foodwatch, said there were plenty of studies which concluded speculators do amplify price rises.
"Deutsche Bank did not address our concerns, and this amounts to irresponsible management," Bode said on Monday.
Deutsche Bank said it would review new products to ensure these did do not provoke price spikes.
"After a period of intense consultation
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