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Consulting Agreement - E*Trade Group Inc. and George Hayter

                             CONSULTING AGREEMENT

          This Agreement is made as of June 7, 1996, by and between George
Hayter, a director of E*TRADE GROUP and E*TRADE Group, Inc., located at Four
Embarcadero Place, 2400 Geng Road, Palo Alto, California 94304 ('E*TRADE

          1.  Engagement of Mr. Hayter; Consulting Tasks.  E*TRADE Group hereby
     engages Mr. Hayter, and Mr. Hayter hereby agrees, to advise E*TRADE Group
     on the expansion of E*TRADE Group into international markets.

              E*TRADE Group understands that the manner and means used by Mr.
     Hayter to accomplish the consulting tasks are in the sole discretion and
     control of Mr. Hayter.  However, Mr. Hayter will utilize the highest degree
     of skill and expertise in order to professionally accomplish the consulting
     tasks in a timely fashion.

          2.  Predecessor Agreement; Term.  This Agreement shall supersede the
     letter agreement dated December 14, 1995 by and between Mr. Hayter and
     E*TRADE Group (the 'Predecessor Agreement').  In full satisfaction of the
     Common Stock component of the Predecessor Agreement, E*TRADE Group has
     issued 7,517 shares of its Common Stock (assuming a 60 to 1 stock split in
     connection with the reincorporation of E*TRADE Group in the State or
     Delaware) to Mr. Hayter, and Mr. Hayter hereby acknowledges receipt of such
     shares.  Of these shares, 6,096 relate to consulting services rendered by
     Mr. Hayter on or prior to March 31, 1996, while 1,421 relate to services
     rendered after such date.  All of such shares were issued to Mr. Hayter at
     their then prevailing fair market value on the date services were rendered
     (with the pre-March 31, 1996 shares having an average fair market value of
     $8.00 per share and the post-March 31, 1996 shares having a deemed fair
     market value of $13.41 per share).  The Predecessor Agreement shall be of
     no further force and effect.  This Agreement shall remain in effect at the
     discretion of the Board of Directors.

          3.  Time Commitment.  Mr. Hayter shall devote sufficient time to the
     consulting tasks, performed at the request of E*TRADE Group, to complete
     them within the time frames agreed by Mr. Hayter and E*TRADE Group.

          4.  Compensation.  E*TRADE Group shall pay Mr. Hayter fees in the
     amount of $1,500.00 per day for work performed in accordance with Section
     3, excluding attendance at all Board meetings.  Mr. Hayter shall submit
     invoices to E*TRADE Group for such fees, and such fees shall be paid in
     accordance with E*TRADE Group's normal payment procedures.

          5.  Travel.  Upon reasonable request by E*TRADE Group, Mr. Hayter
     shall travel to appropriate locations to perform the consulting tasks
     (where the nature of such tasks so requires) or to discuss the consulting
     tasks. Travel time shall not count as time spent on the consulting tasks
     except to the extent that work is actually performed during travel periods.



          6.  Expenses.  E*TRADE Group shall reimburse Mr. Hayter for all
     expenses associated with the performance of the consulting tasks when such
     expenditure is approved in advance.  In the event such approval has been
     granted, Mr. Hayter must provide E*TRADE Group with an itemized expense
     report and receipts for all expenses.

          7.  No Conflicts.  Mr. Hayter represents and warrants that:  (a) Mr.
     Hayter is not bound by, and will not enter into, any oral or written
     agreement with another party that conflicts in any way with Mr. Hayter's
     obligations under this Agreement or any agreement made or to be made in
     connection herewith and (b) Mr. Hayter's agreements and performance under
     this Agreement and such related agreements do not require consent or
     approval of any person that has not already been obtained.

          8.  Confidentiality of Protected Information.

          (a)  Definition.  'Protected Information: consists of:

                    (1)  information that E*TRADE Group considers to be
                         proprietary and/or confidential and which was
                         previously or is hereafter disclosed or made available
                         to Mr. Hayter by E*TRADE Group, including information
                         relating to E*TRADE Group or its subsidiaries or their
                         businesses that becomes available to Mr. Hayter due to
                         Mr. Hayter's access to E*TRADE Group's property or
                         products; and

                     (2) information that has been or is created, developed,
                         conceived, reduced to practice or discovered by Mr.
                         Hayter (alone or jointly with others) using any
                         Protected Information or any property or materials
                         supplied to Mr. Hayter by E*TRADE Group; and

                     (3) information that was or is created, conceived,
                         reduced to practice, discovered, developed by, or made
                         known to, Mr. Hayter (either alone or jointly with
                         others) during the period that Mr. Hayter is retained
                         as a consultant by E*TRADE Group and which is within
                         the scope of the consulting tasks.

                     By way of illustration but not limitation, Protected
                     Information includes: inventions, discoveries,
                     developments, improvements, trade secrets, know-how, ideas,
                     techniques, designs, processes, formulae, data and software
                     (collectively, 'Inventions'); plans for research,
                     development, new products, marketing and selling; budgeting
                     and financial information; production and sales information
                     including prices, costs, quantities and information about
                     suppliers and customers; information about business
                     relationships; and information about skills and


                    compensation of E*TRADE Group's employees and consultants.

          (b)  Non-Disclosure; Restricted Use.  At all times during and after
               Mr. Hayter's engagement by E*TRADE Group, Mr. Hayter shall:  hold
               Protected Information in strictest confidence; not disclose
               Protected Information to any third party without written consent
               of an E*TRADE Group officer, take all reasonable steps to
               safeguard Protected Information; and not use Protected
               Information for any purpose other than performing work for
               E*TRADE Group.

          (c)  Exclusions.  This Section 8 shall impose no restrictions on use
               and disclosure of any information which Mr. Hayter can establish
               by legally sufficient evidence:  (i) was otherwise known to Mr.
               Hayter at the time of disclosure; or (ii) becomes known or
               available to Mr. Hayter without restriction from a third party
               without violation of any confidentiality obligation to E*TRADE
               Group; or (iii) is or becomes part of the public domain without
               violation of this Agreement by Mr. Hayter.

          (d)  Third-Party Information.  The use and disclosure restrictions in
               this Section 8 shall also apply to proprietary or confidential
               information of a third party received by E*TRADE Group and
               disclosed to Mr. Hayter.

          9.  Mr. Hayter Not to Disclose Confidential Information of Others.
     Mr. Hayter shall not disclose any information to E*TRADE Group which it
     believes to be confidential or proprietary to a third party (including
     present or former clients or employers).

          10.  Research Records.  If the consulting tasks involve work that
     could lead to the development for E*TRADE Group of any products,
     inventions, technology, software or other proprietary material, then Mr.
     Hayter shall maintain such records, research notes, data and other
     materials as may be necessary and in sufficient detail to reflect properly
     all work done and results achieved in performing this Agreement.  All such
     material becomes E*TRADE Group's property when produced.

          11.  Termination.  This Agreement may be terminated by either party on
     three (3) days' written notice to the other, regardless of whether or not
     the consulting tasks have yet been completed. On termination, or earlier on
     E*TRADE Group's request, Mr. Hayter shall deliver to E*TRADE Group any
     supplies or equipment provided by E*TRADE Group for use in performing the
     consulting tasks, all materials produced under Section 10, and all physical
     property and documents or other media (including copies) that contain
     Protected Information.

          12.  Independent Contractor; No Employee Benefits.  Mr. Hayter shall
     at all times act as an independent contractor and not as an employee of
     E*TRADE Group.  Accordingly, Mr. Hayter understands that E*TRADE Group will
     not pay or withhold from payments to Mr. Hayter under this Agreement any
     F.I.C.A. (social security), state unemployment or disability


     insurance premiums, state or federal income taxes, or other taxes and that
     Mr. Hayter is responsible for paying any applicable federal self-employment
     tax (in lieu of F.I.C.A.), state and federal income taxes (including
     estimated tax payments) and other applicable taxes. Mr. Hayter also
     understands that he will receive no employee benefits of any kind
     including, for example, vacation or health insurance.

          13.  Miscellaneous.  Neither party has any authority to bind the other
     in any way.  This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the
     parties relating to the subject matter hereof.  Except as expressly
     provided herein, this Agreement shall not be amended except by written
     agreement between the parties.  No oral waiver, amendment or modification
     shall be effective under any circumstances.  If any term, covenant or
     condition of this Agreement shall for any reason be held unenforceable by a
     court of competent jurisdiction, the rest of this Agreement shall remain in
     full force and shall in no way be affected or impaired.  The
     representations and warranties herein shall survive termination or
     expiration of this Agreement.  This Agreement shall be governed and
     construed under California law, excluding choice of law rules.

          IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have caused this Agreement to be
executed as of the date set forth above.


By /s/ Christos Cotsakos             /s/ George Hayter
   -------------------------         ---------------------------
   Name: Christos Cotsakos           George Hayter


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