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Washington Mutual Annual Meeting and First Quarter 2006 Earnings Release and Conference Call

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 3, 2006--Washington Mutual, Inc. (NYSE:WM) announced today that it will provide a live webcast of its Annual Meeting to be held at 4:30 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, April 18, 2006, at Benaroya Hall, 200 University Street, in Seattle, Washington.

Participants may access the live audio webcast by going to the Investor Relations portion of the company's website at www.wamu.com/ir.

The company's first quarter 2006 earnings will be released on Tuesday, April 18, 2006, following the close of the New York Stock Exchange.

A conference call to discuss the company's financial results will be held on Tuesday, April 18, 2006, at 6:00 p.m. EDT and will be hosted by Kerry Killinger, chairman and chief executive officer, and Tom Casey, executive vice president and chief financial officer. The conference call will be available by telephone and the Internet. The prepared remarks will be available on the Investor Relations portion of the company's web site, www.wamu.com/ir, prior to the call.

The dial-in number for the live conference call is 888-946-6301. Participants calling from outside the United States may dial 210-234-0006. The passcode "WaMu" is required to access the call. Via the Internet, the conference call is available on the Investor Relations portion of the company's web site at www.wamu.com/ir.

A recording of the conference call will be available beginning at 9:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, April 18, 2006, through 11:59 p.m. EDT on Friday, April 28, 2006. The recorded call will be available at 800-337-5620. Callers from outside the United States may dial 203-369-3253.

With a history dating back to 1889, Washington Mutual is a retailer of financial services that provides a diversified line of products and services to consumers and commercial clients. At December 31, 2005, Washington Mutual and its subsidiaries had assets of $343.12 billion. Washington Mutual currently operates more than 2,600 retail banking, mortgage lending, commercial banking, and financial services offices throughout the nation. Washington Mutual's press releases are available at www.wamunewsroom.com.


    CONTACT: Washington Mutual, Seattle
             Media Contact:
             Alan Gulick, 206-377-3637
             or
             Investor Contact:
             Alan Magleby, 206-490-5182 or 212-326-6019

    SOURCE: Washington Mutual, Inc.