Notice of Grant of Stock Option - E*Trade Group Inc. and Charles M. Thomson

                              E*TRADE GROUP, INC.
                        NOTICE OF GRANT OF STOCK OPTION
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     Notice is hereby given of the following option grant (the 'Option') to
purchase shares of the Common Stock of E*TRADE Group, Inc. (the 'Corporation'):

     Optionee: Charles M. Thomson
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     Grant Date: April 5, 2000
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     Vesting Commencement Date: April 5, 2000
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     Exercise Price: $15.00 per share
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     Number of Option Shares: 100,000 shares
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     Expiration Date: April 4, 2010
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     Type of Option: Non-Statutory Stock Option
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     Vesting Schedule: 100% of the Option Shares are fully vested as of the
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     Vesting Commencement Date.

     Optionee understands and agrees that this Option is granted subject to and
in accordance with the terms of the Stock Option Agreement with Optionee.
Optionee further agrees to be bound by the terms of the Option as set forth in
the Stock Option Agreement attached hereto as Exhibit A.

     No Employment or Service Contract.  Nothing in this Notice or in the
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attached Stock Option Agreement shall confer upon Optionee any right to continue
in Service for any period of specific duration or interfere with or otherwise
restrict in any way the rights of the Corporation (or any Parent or Subsidiary
employing or retaining Optionee) or of Optionee, which rights are hereby
expressly reserved by each, to terminate Optionee's Service at any time for any
reason, with or without cause.

 
     Definitions.  All capitalized terms in this Notice shall have the meaning
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assigned to them in this Notice or in the attached Stock Option Agreement.


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Date

                                    E*TRADE GROUP, INC.

                                    By: _______________________________

                                    Title: ____________________________

 
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                                    Charles M. Thomson, OPTIONEE

                                    Address: __________________________

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ATTACHMENTS
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Exhibit A - Stock Option Agreement

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                                   EXHIBIT A
                     NON STATUTORY STOCK OPTION AGREEMENT