It has now become cheaper for Ireland - despite being a major casualty of the euro zone sovereign debt crisis - to borrow money than the U.S. government, showing the growing divide between market perception and economic reality, according to analysts.
The yield on the Irish benchmark 10-year bond fell below that of its U.S. counterpart on Thursday afternoon. It has since pushed even lower and reached 2.485 percent on Friday morning, helped along by the credit easing measures announced by the European Central Bank (ECB).
This contrasts significantly with the 14 percent-plus yield seen in July 2011 before the nation had to ask for bailout loans, enforce stiff austerity measures and overhaul the banking system that brought the country's economy to its knees.
The yields - which have an inverse relationship to a bond's price - of other peripheral countries aren't far behind. Yields on Spanish benchmark debt hit a record low on Friday morning, falling 13 basis points to 2.695 percent, while Italy's sank 12 basis points to 2.807 percent. Meanwhile, the yield on the U.S. 10-year Treasury dipped to 2.5680 percent with investors eagerly anticipating a payrolls number from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.