Corporate Governance and Ethics
Public trust in Golden West and its World Savings and Atlas subsidiaries is based upon the Company's solid reputation for maintaining the highest standards of business conduct. The Board of Directors has adopted the corporate governance guidelines, Board committee charters, and codes of conduct on this Web page that provide the framework for the Company's conduct.

Corporate Governance Guidelines
Audit Committee Charter
Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Charter
Compensation and Stock Option Committee Charter
Executive Committee Charter
Code of Conduct and Ethics for Financial Officers and Directors
Code of Business Conduct and Ethics for All Employees

Corporate Governance Guidelines

1.   Director Qualifications

The Board will have a majority of directors who meet the criteria for independence required by the New York Stock Exchange. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee is responsible for reviewing with the Board, on an annual basis, the requisite skills and characteristics of new Board members as well as the composition of the Board as a whole. This assessment will include members' qualification as independent, as well as consideration of diversity, age, skills, and experience in the context of the needs of the Board. Nominees for directorship will be selected by the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee in accordance with the policies and principles in its charter. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee will include stockholder recommendations for directors in their periodic review of possible candidates, either presently or in the future. The invitation to join the Board should be approved by the Board itself and extended by the Chairman of the Board or his or her designee.

The Board of GDW currently has 9 members and the Boards of WSB and WTX currently have 11 members. It is the sense of the Board that the size of these Boards provides a diversity of viewpoints and backgrounds while still being small enough to permit full engagement and discussion by the directors.

No director may serve on more than three other public company boards. Directors should advise the Chairman of the Board and the Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee in advance of accepting an invitation to serve on another public company board.

The Board believes that longstanding experience in business, investments and the professions and with the Company have been invaluable to the Company's success. Thus, the Board has not adopted a mandatory retirement age. In its evaluation of directors, however, it is expected that the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee will assess, among other things, that all serving directors and persons nominated to be a director are able to devote appropriate time and energy to the functions required of a director and are able to contribute to the Board process.

The Board likewise does not believe it should establish term limits. While term limits could help ensure that there are fresh ideas and viewpoints available to the Board, they hold the disadvantage of losing the contribution of directors who have been able to develop, over a period of time, increasing insight into the Company and its operations and, therefore, provide an increasing contribution to the Board as a whole. As an alternative to term limits, the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee will review each director's renomination to the Board every three years when his or her elected term is expiring.

The Board has no policy with respect to the separation of the offices of the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. The Board believes that this issue is part of the succession planning process and that it is in the best interests of the Company for the Board to make a determination when it elects the Chief Executive Officer(s).

2.   Director Responsibilities

The basic responsibility of a director is to exercise his or her business judgment to act in what he or she reasonably believes to be the best interests of the Company and its shareholders. In discharging that obligation, directors should be entitled to rely on the honesty and integrity of the Company's senior executives and its outside advisors and auditors. The directors should also be entitled to the benefits of indemnification to the fullest extent permitted by law and the Company's charter, bylaws and any indemnification agreements, and to exculpation as provided by applicable law and the Company's charter.

Directors are expected to attend Board meetings and meetings of committees on which they serve, and to spend the time needed and meet as frequently as necessary to properly discharge their responsibilities. Information and data that are important to the Board's understanding of the business to be conducted at a Board or committee meeting should generally be distributed in writing to the directors before the meeting, and directors should review these materials in advance of the meeting.

The Chairman of the Board will establish the agenda for the Board meeting. Each Board member is free to suggest the inclusion of items on the agenda. Each Board member also is free to raise at any Board meeting subjects that are not on the agenda for that meeting. The Board will review the Company's long-term strategic plans and the principal issues that the Company will face in the future during at least one Board meeting each year.

The non-management directors will meet in executive sessions at each regularly scheduled board meeting and, upon request of any director, at any specially called Board meeting. The directors that the Board has determined satisfy the New York Stock Exchange's independence standards will meet in executive session at least once a year. The process by which directors are selected to preside at these meetings will be determined by the non-management directors, and the relevant process and the names of selected directors will be disclosed in the annual proxy statement.

3.   Board Committees

The Board will have at all times an Audit Committee, a Compensation and Stock Option Committee and a Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. All of the members of these committees will be independent directors under the criteria established by the New York Stock Exchange, as well other applicable independence criteria related to the particular committee. Committee members will be appointed by the Board upon recommendation of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee with consideration of the desires of individual directors. It is the sense of the Board that consideration should be given to rotating committee members periodically, but the Board does not feel that rotation should be mandated as a policy. Each of these committees will select its Chair.

Each of these committees will have its own charter. The charters will set forth the purposes, goals and responsibilities of the committees as well as qualifications for committee membership, procedures for committee member appointment and removal, committee structure and operations and committee reporting to the Board. The charters also will provide that each committee will annually evaluate its performance.

The Chair of each committee, in consultation with the committee members, will determine the frequency and length of the committee meetings consistent with any requirements set forth in the committee's charter. The Chair of each committee, in consultation with the appropriate members of the committee and management, will develop the committee's agenda. A proposed schedule of recurring agenda items for each committee will be regularly furnished to all directors.

The Board and each committee has the power to hire independent legal, financial or other advisors as it may deem necessary, without consulting or obtaining the approval of any officer of the Company in advance. The Company shall provide appropriate funding, as determined by the Board or committee, for the costs of such independent advisors.

The Board may, from time to time, establish or maintain additional committees as necessary or appropriate.

4.   Communications with Directors

Stockholders or other interested parties who want to communicate with one or more directors should send written correspondence addressed to the director(s), care of the Corporate Secretary at the Company's headquarters at 1901 Harrison Street, Oakland, California 94612. The Corporate Secretary, or his or her designee, will forward these communications to the relevant director(s), depending upon the nature of the communication and other relevant matters. The Company expects directors to attend annual meetings of stockholders, absent scheduling or other similar conflicts.

The Board reaffirms that management speaks for the Company. Individual Board members may from time to time meet or otherwise communicate with various constituencies that are involved with the Company. It is expected that Board members would engage in such communication, however, with the knowledge of management, absent unusual circumstances.

5.   Director Access to Officers and Employees

Directors have full and free access to officers and employees of the Company. Any meetings or contacts that a director wishes to initiate may be arranged through the CEOs or the Secretary or directly by the director. The directors will use their judgment to ensure that any such contact is not disruptive to the business operation of the Company and will, to the extent not inappropriate, copy the CEOs on any written communications between a director and an officer or employee of the Company.

The Board will continue its longstanding practice of having senior officers of the Company attend various sessions of the Board meetings.

6.   Director Compensation and Determinations of Independence

The form and amount of director compensation will be determined by the Compensation and Stock Option Committee in accordance with the policies and principles set forth in its charter, and the Compensation and Stock Option Committee will conduct a bi-annual review of director compensation. The Compensation and Stock Option Committee will consider that directors' independence may be jeopardized if director compensation and perquisites exceed customary levels, if the Company makes substantial charitable contributions to organizations with which a director is affiliated, or if the Company enters into consulting contracts with (or provides other indirect forms of compensation to) a director or an organization with which the director is affiliated.

The Board is aware that the Company and/or affiliates of the Company occasionally make donations to nonprofit organizations with which some of the directors are affiliated. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee has suggested, and the Board has ratified, the determination that a director will continue to be considered independent, absent other circumstances, as long as the aggregate of contributions from the Company and/or its affiliates to a nonprofit organization that employs a director, or an immediate family member of a director, does not exceed the greater of $1 million or 2% of the annual consolidated gross revenues of the nonprofit organization. Likewise, the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee has suggested, and the Board has ratified, the determination that if a director serves or is designated to serve as a trustee of a trust established by an executive officer or another director of the Company and serves, or will serve, in that capacity without compensation, the director will continue to be considered independent, absent other circumstances.

7.   Director Orientation and Continuing Education

All new directors must participate in an orientation program. This orientation, which should be conducted within a reasonable period of time after new directors are nominated or elected, will include presentations by management to familiarize new directors with the Company's strategic plans; its significant financial, accounting and risk management issues; its compliance programs; its codes of business conduct and ethics; its principal officers; and its internal and independent auditors. In addition, the orientation program will include visits to Company headquarters and, to the extent practical, some of the Company's other significant facilities. All other directors also are invited to attend the orientation program.

8.   CEO Evaluation and Management Succession

The Compensation and Stock Option Committee will conduct an annual review of the CEOs' performance, as set forth in the committee's charter. The Board will review the Compensation and Stock Option Committee's report in order to ensure that the CEOs are providing the best leadership for the Company in the long- and short-term, and taking into account the financial and ethical performance of the Company.

The CEOs will discuss succession planning at least bi-annually with the entire Board and/or with the non-management directors, at which time they will make available their recommendations and evaluations of potential successors, along with a review of any development plans recommended for such individuals. The Board will work with the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee to nominate and evaluate potential successors to the CEOs.

9.   Annual Performance Evaluation

The Board will conduct an annual self-evaluation to determine whether it and its committees are functioning effectively. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee will receive comments from all directors and report annually to the Board with an assessment of the Board's performance. This will be discussed with the full Board following the end of each fiscal year. The assessment will focus on the Board's contribution to the Company and specifically focus on areas in which the Board or management believes that the Board could improve.

(Revised January 27, 2005)

Audit Committee Charter

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Purpose
The Audit Committee is appointed by the Board to assist the Board in monitoring (1) the integrity of the financial statements of the Company, (2) the independent outside auditors' qualifications and independence, (3) the performance of the Company's internal audit function and independent outside auditors, and (4) the compliance by the Company with legal and regulatory requirements.

The Audit Committee shall prepare the report required by the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "Commission") to be included in the Company's annual proxy statement.

The Audit Committee does not itself prepare financial statements or perform audits, and its members are not auditors or certifiers of the Company's financial statements. Accordingly, while the Committee has the responsibilities and powers set forth in this Charter, it is not the duty of the Committee to plan or conduct audits or to determine that the Company's financial statements and disclosures are complete and accurate and are in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and applicable rules and regulations. These are the responsibilities of management and the independent outside auditors.

Membership

The Audit Committee shall consist of no fewer than three members. The members of the Committee shall meet the independence requirements of the New York Stock Exchange, Section 10A(m)(3) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the "Exchange Act"), the rules and regulations of the Commission, and the standards of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. At least one member of the Audit Committee shall be an "audit committee financial expert" as defined by the Commission. The members of the Committee shall be financially literate, as interpreted by the Board in its business judgment, or must become financially literate within a reasonable period of time after his or her appointment to the Committee. At least two members of the Committee shall have banking or related financial management expertise as required by Section 36(g) of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act. At least one member shall have accounting or related financial experience as required by the NYSE.

The members of the Audit Committee may not receive any compensation from the Company other than director's fees. Committee members shall not simultaneously serve on the audit committees of more than two other public companies.

The members of the Audit Committee shall be appointed by the Board on the recommendation of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Audit Committee members may be replaced by the Board.

Authority and Responsibilities

The Audit Committee shall have the sole authority to appoint or replace the independent outside auditors (subject, if applicable, to shareholder ratification). The Committee shall be directly responsible for the compensation, evaluation and oversight of the independent outside auditors (including resolution of disagreements between management and the independent outside auditors regarding financial reporting) for the purpose of preparing or issuing an audit report or related work. The independent outside auditors shall report directly to the Committee.

The Audit Committee shall pre-approve all auditing services and permitted nonaudit services (including the fees and terms thereof) to be performed for the Company by its independent outside auditors, subject to the de minimus exceptions for nonaudit services described in Section 10A(i)(l)(B) of the Exchange Act which are approved by the Committee prior to the completion of the audit. The Committee shall consider whether the provision of permitted nonaudit services is compatible with maintaining the auditors' independence. The Committee may form and delegate authority to subcommittees consisting of one or more members when appropriate, including the authority to grant pre-approvals of audit and permitted nonaudit services, provided that decisions of such subcommittee to grant pre-approvals shall be presented to the full Committee at its next scheduled meeting. The Chair of the Audit Committee is authorized to execute approved engagements of the independent outside auditors.

The Audit Committee shall have the authority, to the extent it deems necessary or appropriate, to retain independent legal, accounting or other advisors. The Company shall provide for appropriate funding, as determined by the Committee, for payment of compensation to the independent outside auditors for the purpose of rendering or issuing an audit report or performing other audit, review or attest services for the Company and to any advisors employed by the Audit Committee, as well as funding for the payment of ordinary administrative expenses of the Audit Committee that are necessary or appropriate in carrying out its duties.

The Audit Committee shall meet as often as it determines, but not less frequently than quarterly. The Committee shall meet periodically with management (including the chief financial officer, chief accounting officer and general counsel), the internal auditors and the independent outside auditors in separate executive sessions, and have such other direct and independent interaction with such persons from time to time as the members of the Audit Committee deem appropriate. The Committee may request any officer or employee of the Company or the Company's outside counsel or independent outside auditors to attend a meeting of the Committee or to meet with any members of, or consultants to, the Committee.

The Audit Committee, to the extent required by law or otherwise as it deems necessary or appropriate, shall:

Financial Statement and Disclosure Matters

1.

Review and discuss with management and the independent outside auditors the annual audited financial statements, including disclosures made under "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations," and recommend to the Board whether the audited financial statements should be included in the Company's Form 10-K.

2.

Review and discuss with management and the independent outside auditors the Company's quarterly financial statements prior to the filing of its Form 10-Q, including the results of the independent outside auditors' review of the quarterly financial statements.

3.

Review and discuss with management and the independent outside auditors major issues regarding accounting principles and financial statement presentations including any significant changes in the Company's selection or application of accounting principles.

4.

Review and discuss with management and the independent outside auditors any major issues as to the adequacy of the Company's internal controls, any special steps adopted in light of material control deficiencies (if any), and the adequacy of disclosures about changes in internal control over financial reporting.

5.

Review and discuss with management and the independent outside auditors the Company's internal controls report and the independent outside auditors' attestation of the report prior to the filing of the Company's Form 10-K.

6.

Review and discuss with management and the independent outside auditors analyses setting forth significant financial reporting issues and judgments made in connection with the preparation of the financial statements, including analyses of the effects of alternative generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) methods on the financial statements.

7.

Review and discuss reports from the independent outside auditors on:

(a)

All critical accounting policies and practices to be used.

(b)

All alternative treatments, if any, of financial information within GAAP that have been discussed with management, ramifications of the use of such alternative disclosures and treatments, and the treatment preferred by the independent outside auditors.

(c)

Other material written communications, if any, between the independent outside auditors and management, such as any management letter or schedule of unadjusted differences.

8.

Discuss with management the Company's earnings press releases, including the use of "pro forma" or "adjusted" non-GAAP information, if any, as well as financial information and earnings guidance provided to analysts and rating agencies. Such discussion may be done generally (consisting of discussing the types of information to be disclosed and the types of presentations to be made).

9.

Discuss with management and the independent outside auditors the effect of regulatory and accounting initiatives as well as off-balance sheet structures, if any, on the Company's financial statements.

10.

Discuss with management the Company's major financial risk exposures and the steps management has taken to monitor and control such exposures, including the Company's risk assessment and risk management policies.

11.

Discuss with the independent outside auditors the matters required to be discussed by Statement on Auditing Standards No. 61 relating to the conduct of the audit, including any difficulties encountered in the course of the audit work, any restrictions on the scope of activities or access to requested information, any significant disagreements with management, and management's response.

12.

Review disclosures made to the Audit Committee by the Company's CEO(s) and CFO during their certification process for the Form 10-K and Form 10-Q about any significant deficiencies in the design or operation of internal controls or material weaknesses therein and any fraud involving management or other employees who have a significant role in the Company's internal controls.

Oversight of the Company's Relationship with the Independent Outside Auditors

13.

Obtain and review a report from the independent outside auditors at least annually regarding (a) the independent outside auditors' internal quality-control procedures, (b) any material issues raised by the most recent internal quality-control review, or peer review, of the firm, or by any inquiry or investigation by governmental or professional authorities within the preceding five years respecting one or more independent audits carried out by the firm, and any steps taken to deal with any such issues, and (c) all relationships between the independent outside auditors and the Company.

14.

Evaluate the qualifications, performance and independence of the independent outside auditors, including an evaluation of the lead partner, taking into account the opinions of management and internal auditors. The Audit Committee shall present its conclusions with respect to the independent outside auditors to the Board.

15.

Ensure the rotation of the audit partners as required by law. Consider whether, in order to assure continuing auditor independence, it is appropriate to adopt a policy of rotating the independent auditing firm on a regular basis.

16.

Set policies for the Company's hiring of employees or former employees of the independent outside auditors who participated in any capacity in the audit of the Company.

17.

Discuss with the independent outside auditors material issues on which the Company's audit team consulted with their national office.

18.

Meet with the independent outside auditors prior to the audit to discuss the planning and staffing of the audit.

Oversight of the Company's Internal Audit Function

19.

Review the appointment and replacement of the senior internal audit executive.

20.

Review the significant reports to management prepared by the internal audit department and management's responses.

21.

Discuss with the independent outside auditors and management the internal audit department responsibilities, budget and staffing and any recommended changes in the planned scope of the internal audit.

Compliance Oversight Responsibilities

22.

Obtain from the independent outside auditors assurance that the firm is unaware of information indicating an illegal act has or may have occurred that gives rise to the procedures set forth in Section 10A(b) of the Exchange Act.

23.

Review reports and disclosures of insider and affiliated party transactions. Advise the Board with respect to the Company's policies and procedures regarding compliance with applicable laws and regulations and with applicable provisions of the Company's Code of Conduct and Ethics for Financial Officers and Code of Business Conduct and Ethics for All Employees.

24.

Establish procedures for the receipt, retention and treatment of complaints received by the Company regarding accounting, internal accounting controls or auditing matters, and the confidential, anonymous submission by employees of concerns regarding questionable accounting or auditing matters.

25.

Discuss with management and the independent outside auditors any correspondence with regulators or governmental agencies and any published reports which raise material issues regarding the Company's financial statements or accounting policies.

26.

Discuss with the Company's General Counsel legal matters that may have a material impact on the financial statements or the Company's compliance policies, including in executive session where appropriate and at least annually.

In addition to the above responsibilities, the Audit Committee will undertake such other duties as the Board delegates to it. The Committee shall have the power to investigate any matter falling within its jurisdiction.

Reports

The Audit Committee shall make regular reports to the Board.

Review

The Audit Committee shall review and reassess the adequacy of this Charter annually and recommend any proposed changes to the Board for approval. The Committee shall annually review the Committee's own performance.

(Revised January 27, 2005)

Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Charter

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Purpose

The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee is appointed by the respective Boards to (1) assist the Board by identifying individuals qualified to become Board members, and recommend to the Board the director nominees for the next annual meeting of shareholders; (2) approve, review and reassess the adequacy of the Company's Corporate Governance Guidelines; (3) lead the Board in its annual review of the Board's performance; and (4) recommend to the Board the director nominees for each committee.

Membership

The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee shall consist of no fewer than three members. The members of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee shall meet the independence requirements of the New York Stock Exchange.

The members of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee shall be appointed and replaced by the Board.

Authority and Responsibilities

1.

The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee shall establish criteria for selecting new directors. The Committee shall seek out candidates who possess high ethical standards and the competence, experience, and integrity required of a director of a federal savings bank by OTS Regulation 574.7. The Committee shall also consider, among other things, whether a candidate understands financial statements and reports, has experience with housing and real estate markets, has other professional experiences that would be beneficial to the Company, has knowledge of community affairs (including in markets served by the Company), and/or would qualify as an "independent" director under NYSE and other applicable regulations.

2.

The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee shall consider, from time to time, individuals qualified to become board members for recommendation to the Board, including individuals recommended by stockholders.

3.

The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee shall recommend to the Board the nominees for election as directors at the annual meeting of stockholders.

4.

The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee shall receive comments from all directors and report annually to the Board with an assessment of the Board's performance and the interaction with management, to be discussed with the full Board following the end of each fiscal year.

5.

The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee shall, from time to time, review and reassess the adequacy of the Corporate Governance Guidelines of the Company and recommend any proposed changes to the Board for approval.

6.

The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee shall assess any proposed Company transactions brought to the Committee's attention that may pose a potential conflict of interest with a director and determine whether the proposed transaction may proceed in compliance with the Company's policies and applicable law. As appropriate, and in accordance with the Company's Corporate Governance Guidelines and Codes of Conduct, the Committee will report its findings and make recommendations to the Board.

7.

The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee shall have authority to obtain advice and assistance from internal or external legal, accounting or other advisors. In the limited instances where a search firm might be used, or when the Committee otherwise uses external legal, accounting or other advisors, the Committee shall have the sole authority to retain and terminate any such firm or advisor.

8.

The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee may form and delegate authority to subcommittees when appropriate.

Reports

The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee shall make regular reports to the Boards.

Review

The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee shall review and reassess the adequacy of this Charter annually and recommend any proposed changes to the Board for approval. The Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee shall annually review its own performance.

(Revised January 27, 2004)

Compensation and Stock Option Committee Charter

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Purpose

The Compensation and Stock Option Committee is appointed by the Boards to discharge the respective Boards' responsibilities relating to compensation of the Company's executive officers* and directors. The Committee has overall responsibility for (1) approving and evaluating the executive officer compensation plans, policies and programs of the Company, (2) reviewing the compensation of non-management directors, and (3) administering GDW's Incentive Bonus Plan.

The Compensation and Stock Option Committee will act as the Stock Option Committee of the Board of Directors of GDW. The Committee will administer GDW's stock option plans and other equity-based plans, and will have the authority and responsibilities provided in any such plans.

The Compensation and Stock Option Committee is further responsible for producing an annual report on executive compensation for inclusion in GDW's proxy statements.

* The executive officers of the Company are the CEOs and other officers of GDW subject to the reporting requirements of Section 16 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

Membership

The Compensation and Stock Option Committee shall consist of no fewer than three members. The members of the Committee shall meet the independence requirements of the New York Stock Exchange, the "disinterested person" requirements of the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the "outside director" requirements of the Internal Revenue Code.

The members of the Compensation and Stock Option Committee shall be appointed by the Boards, on the recommendation of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, and may be replaced by the Boards.

Authority and Responsibilities

1.

The Compensation and Stock Option Committee shall annually review and approve corporate goals and objectives relevant to the CEOs' compensation, evaluate the CEOs' performance in light of those goals and objectives, and recommend to the independent directors the CEOs' overall compensation levels based on this evaluation. In determining the long-term incentive component of the CEOs' compensation, the Committee will consider GDW's performance and relative shareholder return, the value of similar incentive awards to the CEOs at comparable companies, and the awards given to the CEOs in past years.

2.

The Compensation and Stock Option Committee shall annually review and make recommendations to the Boards (or the independent directors, in the case of the CEOs) with respect to the annual base salary levels and annual incentive opportunities of the CEOs and the other executive officers. In addition, periodically and as and when appropriate, the Committee shall review and approve the following: (a) incentive compensation plans and equity-based plans, (b) any employment agreements, severance agreements, and change in control agreements/provisions, and (c) any special or supplemental compensation.

3.

The Compensation and Stock Option Committee shall periodically review and report to the Boards with respect to the compensation of the non-management directors.

4.

The Compensation and Stock Option Committee shall have authority to obtain advice and assistance from internal or external legal, accounting or other advisors. In the limited instances when compensation consultants may be used the Committee shall have sole authority to engage such consultants.

5.

The Compensation and Stock Option Committee may form and delegate authority to subcommittees when appropriate.

Reports

The Compensation and Stock Option Committee shall make regular reports to the Boards.

Review

The Compensation and Stock Option Committee shall review and reassess the adequacy of this Charter annually and recommend any proposed changes to the Boards for approval. The Committee shall annually review its own performance.

(Revised April 27, 2004)

Executive Committee Charter

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Purpose

The Executive Committee is appointed by the Board to exercise, when the Board is not in session, all the powers and authority of the Board that may be permissibly exercised by a committee thereof.

Membership

The Committee shall consist of the number of Directors as the Board may designate from time to time, except when limited by applicable laws, rules or regulations, or the Company's charter or Bylaws. Members of the Committee, all of whom shall be members of the Board, shall be appointed by the Board on the recommendation of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, and may be replaced by the Board. The Board shall select a Chair of the Committee who shall be responsible for the agendas and preside at all meetings at which the Chair is present.

Authority and Responsibilities

The Committee shall meet as often as it determines to be necessary or appropriate. The Committee shall keep minutes of all meetings held and a record of all actions taken. The Committee may act by written consent without a meeting. Each decision of a majority of the members of the Committee shall constitute the final and binding act of the Committee.

The Committee shall have and may exercise all of the authority of the Board when the Board is not in session; provided, however, that the Committee shall have no power or authority to:

1.

Take any action that, under applicable laws, rules or regulations, or the Company's charter or Bylaws, either (a) is not permitted to be taken by a committee of the Board, (b) may only be taken by the Board as a whole, or (c) may only be taken by a committee of Directors whose members meet certain qualifications that the Committee's members do not meet;

2.

Appoint or remove any member of the Board or any member of a committee of the Board, including this Committee;

3.

Appoint or remove the Chief Executive Officer(s) of the Company;

4.

Make any recommendations to the stockholders of the Company or take any action reserved to the stockholders of the Company; or

5.

Take any action contrary to the stated intentions of a majority of the Board; or

6.

Authorize, approve or ratify a transaction that involves, or could reasonably appear to involve, a conflict of interest for a member of the Executive Committee.

All acts done in compliance with this provision shall be deemed to be, and may be certified as being, done or conferred under the authority of the Board.

Reports

The Committee shall report to the Board any actions it has taken since the preceding regular meeting of the Board.

Review

The Committee shall review and reassess the adequacy of this Charter periodically and recommend any proposed changes to the Board for approval.

(Revised April 26, 2005)

Code of Conduct and Ethics for Financial Officers and Directors

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Public trust in the Company is based, among other things, on our longstanding reputation for maintaining the highest standards of ethical and legal conduct in our dealings with customers, vendors, stockholders and each other. Throughout this Code, the "Company" refers to Golden West Financial Corporation and its affiliates.

This Code is specifically applicable to the Company's Chief Executive Officers, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Accounting Officer, Treasurer, Controller, all other executive officers of the Company (as defined as "officers" under Section 16 of the Securities Exchange Act), and all other officers in the Accounting, Tax, Treasury, Liability Management, Financial Planning, Operations Analysis, and Internal Audit departments (for purposes of this Code, all of the foregoing are defined as "financial officers"), as well as to all directors of the Company. This Code is in addition to the Code of Business Conduct and Ethics that is applicable to all employees and is contained in the Company's Employee Handbook.

1.

This Code is intended to promote:

 

a.

Honest and ethical conduct, including the ethical handling of actual or apparent conflicts of interest between personal and professional relationships;

 

b.

Avoidance of conflicts of interest, including disclosure to an appropriate person or persons (see paragraph 2 below) of any material transaction or relationship that reasonably could be expected to give rise to a conflict of interest;

 

c.

Full, fair, accurate, timely and understandable disclosure in reports and documents that the Company files with or submits to the SEC and in other public communications made by the Company;

 

d.

Compliance with applicable governmental laws, rules and regulations;

 

e.

The prompt internal reporting to an appropriate person or persons (see paragraph 7 below) of violations of this Code's provisions; and

 

f.

Accountability for adherence to this Code.

2.

In order to avoid conflicts of interests and material transactions or relationships involving potential conflicts, before a financial officer or director enters into any material transaction or relationship involving the Company, he or she should first discuss the transaction or relationship with the General Counsel or his or her designee or one or more members of the Office of the Chairman or their designee.

3.

The following guidelines should be considered in connection with compliance with this Code:

 

i.

Conflicts of interest.  A conflict of interest occurs when an individual's private interest interferes -- or appears to interfere -- with the interests of the Company as a whole. A conflict situation can arise when a financial officer or director takes actions or has interests that may make it difficult to perform his or her Company work objectively and effectively. Conflicts of interest also arise when a financial officer or director, or a member of his or her immediate family, receives improper personal benefits as a result of his or her position in the Company. Loans to, or guarantees of obligations of, such persons are of special concern. This Code as well as the Code of Business Conduct and Ethics contained in the Company's Employee Handbook prohibit such conflicts.

 

ii.

Corporate opportunities.  Financial officers and directors are prohibited from taking for themselves personally opportunities that are discovered through the use of Company property, information or position; using Company property, information or position for personal gain; and competing with the Company. Financial officers and directors owe a duty to the Company to advance its legitimate interests when the opportunity to do so arises.

 

iii.

Confidentiality.  Financial officers and directors should maintain the confidentiality of information entrusted to them by the Company or its customers, except when disclosure is authorized or legally mandated. Confidential information includes all non-public information that might be of use to competitors, or harmful to the Company or its customers, if disclosed.

 

iv.

Fair dealing.  Each financial officer should endeavor to deal fairly with the Company's customers, suppliers, competitors and other employees. No financial officer should take unfair advantage of anyone through manipulation, concealment, abuse of privileged information, misrepresentation of material facts, or any other unfair-dealing practice.

 

v.

Protection and proper use of Company assets.  All financial officers should protect the Company's assets and ensure their efficient use. Theft, carelessness and waste have a direct impact on the Company's profitability. All Company assets should be used for legitimate business purposes.

 

vi.

Compliance with laws, rules and regulations (including insider trading laws).  The Company requires compliance with laws, rules and regulations, including all applicable banking laws and all applicable insider trading laws. Insider trading is both unethical and illegal and will result in disciplinary action, up to and including possible termination.

 

vii.

Encouraging the reporting of any illegal or unethical behavior.  The Company expects the highest ethical behavior in all elements of the Company's activities. The Company expects financial officers to talk with supervisors, managers or other appropriate personnel when in doubt about the best course of action in a particular situation. Additionally, financial officers must report violations of laws, rules, regulations or applicable codes of business conduct to appropriate personnel. To encourage financial officers to report such violations, the Company prohibits retaliation for reports made in good faith and requires that financial officers be advised of this policy in the Company's various policy statements and also in connection with investigations undertaken in response to allegations.

4.

When a proposed transaction or relationship is discussed pursuant to paragraph 2, the person(s) receiving information about a potential conflict shall evaluate the proposed transaction or relationship under this Code and other applicable rules, regulations or Company policies and discuss potential issues of concern with the person(s) making the inquiry. If the person(s) making the inquiry want to continue pursuing the proposed transaction or relationship after that discussion, the
person(s) receiving information about a potential conflict shall prepare a memorandum that names the person(s) making the inquiry, the details of the proposed transaction or relationship, and an analysis whether the transaction or relationship is deemed to create a material conflict of interest or have any other material financial or reputational impact on the Company. The person(s) receiving information about a potential conflict may confer with such other individuals as he or she deems necessary or appropriate under the circumstances, including outside advisors and the Chair of the Company's Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. For these purposes, a transaction or relationship is considered material if (i) the amount of the proposed transaction (or series of similar transactions) would, or might reasonably be expected to, exceed $60,000 within a 12-month period, (ii) the transaction might otherwise be reasonably expected to require or warrant public disclosure, in light of applicable rules and regulations or the Company's previous disclosures, or (iii) the facts and circumstances otherwise suggest that the entire Board should have an opportunity to review the proposed transaction or relationship.

5.

Each memorandum prepared pursuant to paragraph 4 shall be reported promptly to the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board. If the analysis concludes the proposed transaction or relationship is permissible pursuant to this Code and if there is no objection from one or more members of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, the transaction or relationship may proceed, and that fact shall be reported to the Board at the Board's next regularly scheduled meeting, if not sooner. If there is an objection from a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, or if the analysis concludes the transaction or relationship raises significant issues pursuant to this Code or appears to be in violation of this Code, the proposed transaction or relationship may not proceed until it first is brought to the attention of the entire Board and the Board concludes the transaction may proceed. If a waiver of this Code is included in that determination, that fact shall be included in the Board's action, including an analysis of why in the Board's judgment the waiver was in the best interests of the Company and its shareholders, in which case that determination shall promptly be reported to shareholders and the SEC through, at minimum, prompt filings with the SEC.

6.

It also is a violation of this Code for any financial officer or director of the Company, or any other person acting under the direction of a Company financial officer or director, to take any action to fraudulently influence, coerce, manipulate or mislead any independent public or certified accountant engaged in the performance of an audit of the financial statements of the Company for the purpose of rendering such financial statements materially misleading.

7.

Any financial officer or director or other person who believes there has been a violation of this Code shall report that fact to one or more of the persons listed in paragraph 2 above, and/or to the Chair of the Board's Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Upon any such report, the Board's Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee shall initiate a review pursuant to procedures adopted by the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.

8.

Any financial officer or director who violates this Code shall be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including, termination. The Board of Directors shall determine appropriate disciplinary action against a director who violates this Code, which may include asking the disciplined director to resign from the Board of Directors or pursuing other alternatives available under the Company's bylaws and/or applicable law, including without limitation calling a special shareholders' meeting.


(Revised April 26, 2005)

Code of Business Conduct and Ethics for All Employees

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Public trust in World ("World" and "the Company" are used to refer to Golden West and all of its subsidiaries) is based, among other things, on the Company's longstanding reputation for maintaining the highest standards of ethical and legal conduct in our dealings with customers, vendors, stockholders, and each other. This Code of Business Conduct and Ethics affirms our commitment to these standards.

This Code of Business Conduct and Ethics is not intended to cover every situation you may encounter as a World employee. No code of conduct can replace thoughtful, responsible behavior. This Code does, however, highlight key issues and identify important policies and resources to help you make good decisions during your employment with World.

Each employee has a responsibility to read, understand, and comply with this Code of Business Conduct and Ethics.

Conflicts of interest and corporate opportunities.  A conflict of interest can occur when an individual's private interests interfere in any way - or appear to interfere - with the interests of World. Conflicts of interest can arise when an employee, either directly or indirectly through a family member or close associate, receives improper personal benefits as a result of the employee's position at World. Employees must avoid such conflicts and are responsible for performing their job objectively and effectively.

Employees owe a duty to advance the Company's legitimate interests when the opportunity to do so arises. A "corporate opportunity" is a situation in which a personal opportunity is discovered through the use of corporate property, information, or position. Employees are prohibited from using corporate property, information, or position for personal gain, and from competing with World.

Confidentiality.  Employees, as well as former employees, must maintain the confidentiality of information entrusted to them by World or its customers except when disclosure is authorized or legally mandated. Confidential information includes all non-public information that might be of use to competitors or might cause harm to World, its employees, or its customers if disclosed.

Fair dealing.  World does not conduct its business through manipulation, concealment, abuse of privileged information, misrepresentation of material facts, or any other unfair practice. Each employee must endeavor to deal fairly with World's customers, employees, vendors, and competitors.

Protection and proper use of Company assets.  All employees must protect World's assets and ensure their efficient use. Theft, carelessness, and waste have a direct impact on the Company's ability to do business effectively. All Company assets are to be used for legitimate business purposes.

Compliance with laws, rules, and regulations, including insider trading laws.  World proactively promotes compliance with laws, rules, and regulations, including insider trading laws. "Insider trading" occurs when an employee who has significant, non-public information about the Company buys or sells, or tells others to buy or sell, Golden West stock or other publicly traded securities of the Company. Insider trading is both unethical and illegal.

Accurate record-keeping.  World requires the honest and accurate recording and reporting of information by its employees. All financial books, records, accounts, expense reports and timesheets must be accurate and conform both to required accounting principles and World's internal procedures. Records should be retained or destroyed only be authorized personnel according to the Company's record retention policies.

Equal employment opportunity.  World's commitment to equal opportunity guides all of our employment practices. Employment decisions are based on merit, qualifications, abilities, and performance without regard to race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, or other characteristics protected by law.

Harassment-free environment.  World supports a work environment that promotes dignity and respect for all employees and is free from hostility, offensive behavior, intimidation, or harassment based on such factors as race, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, or other characteristics protected by law. World does not tolerate conduct that could reasonably be considered offensive, hostile, or intimidating. All employees at all levels are responsible for maintaining a work environment free of harassment.

Drug-free workplace.  World strives to provide a workplace free from the use, sale, transfer, or possession of illegal drugs and from the abuse of legal drugs or other substances. Such activities by employees on Company premises or in the course of performing their duties are prohibited and are violations of World's policies. The consumption, possession, sale, or purchase of alcohol on World property is prohibited except for Company-sponsored business or social functions with the prior approval of management. The use of alcohol by employees while conducting business, attending a Company-sponsored business or social function, or otherwise representing World off Company property is permitted only to the extent that it does not lead to impaired performance, inappropriate behavior, endanger the safety of any individual, or violate applicable law.

Workplace safety.  To provide a safe and healthful business environment, World has established a Workplace Safety Program. The Safety Director in the Corporate General Services Department has responsibility for implementing, administering, and evaluating the safety program. The success of the program depends on the alertness and personal commitment of each of us. Employees are responsible for complying with established workplace safety programs.

Raising Concerns.  If you think an event, transaction, or interaction with a co-worker, manager, vendor, customer, or other person working with the Company may violate any of the policies summarized above, we want you to raise the issue. You should not hesitate to ask a question or report a concern. If you become aware of a situation in which you believe World's ethical and legal guidelines have been violated, or if you feel you are being pressured or being asked to compromise the Company's values, it is your responsibility to promptly communicate this concern to the Company.

The Company provides a number of avenues for your use when raising such issues to help assure that you have an opportunity to discuss even very sensitive concerns. You can discuss your concerns with your manager, with your manager's manager, with your local Human Resources representative, or with any other member of World's management team.

If you have concerns about what may be questionable accounting or auditing matters, you may bring them to the attention of the Company by contacting the Director of Internal Audit in Oakland. (If your concern is about the Internal Audit Department, you may instead contact the General Counsel.) A special voice mailbox has been set up for you to use (please consult the Employee Handbook for the number). All calls will receive prompt attention. You may leave a message anonymously if you wish. If your concern is about anything other than accounting or auditing matters, please raise your concerns as described in the paragraph above.

You will not be disciplined, lose your job, or be retaliated against for asking questions or voicing concerns about our ethical or legal obligations, as long as you are acting in good faith. Good faith does not mean that you have to be right - but it does mean that you believe you are providing truthful information and that you will cooperate in any investigation undertaken by the Company related to your concerns.

If you have questions about this Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, please contact your local Human Resources representative.

(Adopted January 31, 2003)